Satanic Temple threatens to sue Netflix over copyright theft

The Satanic Temple's Baphomet statue. (TST image)

Netflix show “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” has been accused of stealing a statue design by the nontheistic group The Satanic Temple.

The Satanic Temple co-founder and spokesperson Lucien Greaves turned to Twitter Sunday, 28 October to announce they will take legal action against the alleged copyright infringement of the online streaming giant.

“Yes, we are taking legal action regarding #TheChillingAdventuresofSabrina appropriating our copyrighted monument design to promote their asinine Satanic Panic fiction,” the tweet reads.

Greaves also tweeted a photo comparing their group’s design alongside Netflix’s.

He clarified that The Satanic Temple claims infringement on their Baphomet monument design and not the deity itself.

“We are not laying claim to Baphomet itself, but rather our original interpretation of Baphomet that has become a central icon to our organization, much like a corporate logo,” he wrote.

He confirmed in an interview with SFGate on 31 October that the group already sent a letter to Netflix addressing the issue. The multi-media giant is yet to publish a response.

In the “Sabrina” series, half-witch Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) is enrolled at a witchcraft school called the Academy of Unseen Arts, at which a Baphomet statue sits at the center. The show’s Satan character, which also resembles Baphomet and is referred to as the “Dark Lord,” becomes Sabrina’s adversary.

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