The Satanic Temple has settled a copyright row with Netflix and Warner Bros, after they sued for $50million (£38 million) over the new Sabrina series.
The group launched legal action last month, claiming that The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina makes use of a monument of winged and horned deity Baphomet, which they had previously created.
They alleged that the statue features several elements which mean that it is an “original expression” and therefore subject to copyright laws after it was crafted in 2013 and 2014.
Yesterday, the group confirmed that a settlement had been reached, although all details will remain confidential.
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— Lucien Greaves (@LucienGreaves) October 30, 2018
“The Satanic Temple is pleased to announce that the lawsuit it recently filed against Warner Bros. and Netflix has been amicably settled”, the group said.
“The unique elements of the Satanic Temple’s Baphomet statue have been acknowledged in the credits of episodes which have already been filmed. The remaining terms of the settlement are subject to a confidentiality agreement.”
Posting on Twitter, Satanic Temple founder Lucien Graves said: “So ends one of the most overpublicized of copyright claims.”
So ends one of the most overpublicized of copyright claims. Press can now stop pretending this was unique & momentous, or even interesting. So, too, hopefully ends the parade of stupidity from online amateur legal experts.https://t.co/eSg1fl3sdv
— Lucien Greaves (@LucienGreaves) November 21, 2018
In a longer blog post, Graves claimed that he had received hate mail after announcing the lawsuit.
“I have gotten quite a bit of hate mail from people seemingly basic enough to conceive of the situation as one in which a large powerful Satanic organization is using its might to bully an uncertain and innocent teenage witch who has just been newly exposed to the wide, cruel world”, he said.
“One email implored me to not “ruin” a show that ‘just tries to bring joy into the world.’
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina debuted last month on Netflix and stars US actress Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman, the titular witch.