Netflix and 'Sabrina' are being sued by The Satanic Temple

11 November, 2018, 02:47 | Author: Dominic Spencer
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The Wrap reports that The Satanic Temple is "claiming copyright infringement, trademark violation and injury to business reputation, asking for $50 million for each, and a total of $150 million in damages", according to court documents filed in NY obtained by the outlet.

The Satanic Temple is suing Netflix and Warner Bros Entertainment, claiming their reputation has been damaged by a statue of the goat deity Baphomet that appears in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Both the Netflix statue and the TST statue feature a goat's head atop an athletic-looking male human who's seated with a boy and a girl on either side of him.

The temple has gained a certain amount of publicity for those efforts, and now alleges that the producers of "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" are profiting from its work.

Their lawsuit, filed on Thursday in NY, claims Netflix and Warner Bros. misappropriated the Baphomet "in ways implying that the monument stands for evil".

In a bid to antagonize local governments that allow religious displays on public property - in its view, violating the separation of church and state - TST donated Baphomet to Oklahoma for display next to a Ten Commandments monument, only to see it rerouted to Arkansas' Capitol building amid litigation and protests.

The temple's co-founder, Lucien Greaves, says Netflix not only stole the image of the one-of-a-kind statue that sits in Salem, but also misrepresented its meaning. The real Satanists, it argues, did not deserve being associated with the show's antagonists, who "engage in cannibalism and forced-worship of a patriarchal deity".

According to its website, the Satanic Temple aims to "encourage benevolence and empathy among all people".

Neither Warner Bros or Netflix has commented on the case.



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