The Power of Copyright Compels The Satanic Temple to Sue Netflix, Warner Bros. Over 'Sabrina' Statue

Looks like some people are still a bit bitter over Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) making The Dark Lord go through Heaven (…think about it…) before signing The Book of The Beast. It wasn't "The Power of Christ" that compelled The Satanic Temple to file a $50 million lawsuit against Netflix and Warner Bros., it was "The Power of Copyright Infringement."

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In the lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in New York, the temple claims the streaming service and production company used a statue near identical to their statue of Baphomet in the series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina without first receiving the temple's permission. Appearing in the second episode 'Chapter Two: The Dark Baptism' as well as three additional episodes after, the lawsuit also alleges the statue was meant to create "Satanic panic" about their faith for the benefit of the series and to help boost profits.

At the time of this post, Netflix referred comment to Warner Bros., which declined to comment.

Based on information gathered from the lawsuit (which you can read below), the Satanic Temple created its  Baphomet statue in 2013 and 2014 with several elements that they claim make it an "original expression" and subject to copyright protection. One of the distinct features of the temple's $100,000 statue is the image of two children looking up in awe at a goat-headed beast-man – which is what the Chilling Adeventures of Sabrina statue depicts, also. The statue actually serves as the lobby focal point for The Academy of Unseen Arts, the school where witches and warlocks train – and Sabrina finds herself enrolled in full-time by the end of the first season.

You can read over the specifics of the lawsuit filed below:

(If it makes The Satanic Temple feel any better, The Church of Satan feels your pain…)

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Ray FlookAbout Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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