One of the co-founder's of the religious group said the use of their image in the series could be "damaging"
The Satanic Temple has confirmed they have filed a huge $450 million lawsuit against Netflix‘s new series, Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina.
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The show makes use of a monument of winged and horned deity Baphomet, which the religious group say is a copyrighted design.
They say that the statue features several elements which mean that it is an “original expression” and therefore subject to copyright laws after it was created in 2013 and 2014.
Lucien Greaves, co-founder of the Satanic Temple, has also posted a photo on Twitter that shows the two statues next to each other.
Greaves wrote in a blog post: “We are claiming copyright infringement for their use of our unique Baphomet monument design in their show as a central icon for a cannibalistic cult.
“We are not laying claim to Baphomet itself, but rather our original interpretation of Baphomet that has become a central icon to our organisation, much like a corporate logo.”
The confirmation of the lawsuit comes after Greaves confirmed that legal action was in the pipeline last month.
Greaves tweeted: “Yes, we are taking legal action regarding #TheChillingAdventuresOfSabrina appropriating our copyrighted monument design to promote their asinine Satanic Panic fiction.”
Hours later, he added: “I’m amazed that anybody is confused as to why we would seek legal remedy over Sabrina using our monument. Would they be as understanding of a fictional show that used a real mosque as the HQ of a terrorist cell? A fictional Blood Libel tale implicating real world Jews?”
In response to one Twitter user, Greaves explained further his grievances, pointing out he also had an issue with the context the monument was used in. “We’re a religious group with a unique central icon appropriated without our permission into a TV show that uses it to portray an evil cannibalistic cult,” he said.
In a statement sent to Broadly, Greaves added the Satanic Temple’s mission was to “fight back against witch-hunts and irrational mob panics”. He also confirmed the group’s lawyers have already sent a letter to the streaming service about the matter.
Netflix are yet to comment on the latest development.
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