Update – November 23: The producers of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina have now reached a settlement with the Satanic Temple.
The Temple had sued Netflix and Warner Bros earlier this month, alleging that Sabrina features a Baphomet statue that bears resemblance to the one it created.
The Temple's attorney Stuart de Haan said in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter): "The Satanic Temple is pleased to announce that the lawsuit it recently filed against Warner Bros and Netflix has been amicably settled.
"The unique elements of the Satanic Temple's Baphomet statue will be acknowledged in the credits of episodes which have already been filmed. The remaining terms of the settlement are subject to a confidentiality agreement."
Update – November 8: The Satanic Temple has followed through on its threats and has today (November 8) filed a $150 million copyright suit against Netflix and Warner Bros.
According to documents obtained by The Blast, the lawsuit alleges that four episodes of Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina feature a Baphomet statue that bears resemblance to the one created by the temple.
The temple is suing for copyright infringement, trademark violation and injury to business reputation, and is also seeking an injunction that would bar Netflix and Warner Bros from distributing the series with the allegedly infringing images in.
Netflix and Warner Bros have not yet replied to requests for comment.
Original – October 31: Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has landed itself in hot water with the Satanic Temple.
Co-founder Lucien Greaves is alleging that the horror show "appropriates" his organisation's copyrighted design of the monument to Baphomet. To make his feelings crystal clear, Lucien is even threatening legal action.
The creepy monument appears during various scenes in Sabrina, whilst Kiernan Shipka's teen witch attends the Academy of Unseen Arts (basically Hogwarts for Satanists), therefore the inclusion of the design suggests a sense of evil, which isn't exactly what the Satanic Temple recognise themselves as.
Lucien has posted a Twitter thread confirming the situation.
Yes, we are taking legal action regarding #TheChillingAdventuresofSabrina appropriating our copyrighted monument design to promote their asinine Satanic Panic fiction.- Lucien Greaves (@LucienGreaves) October 29, 2018
I'm not sure why this was tweeted at me, but the writer/director for Sabrina apparently feels that the "struggle for justice" allows for their show to appropriate our intellectual property. https://t.co/4wNmdjlAaX- Lucien Greaves (@LucienGreaves) October 29, 2018
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?- Lucien Greaves (@LucienGreaves) October 29, 2018
The co-founder then shared a brief statement with The Wrap, further explaining: "We've sent [Netflix] a letter from our lawyers informing them of the copyright violation, asking them to take our imagery out of their show."
SFGate were also told that the design's inclusion is "deeply problematic" to the organisation.
Lucien elaborated: "I feel that the use of our particular image that is recognised as our own central icon [being] displayed fictionally as central to some cannibalistic cult has real world damaging effects for us.
"I want them to take it out. It looks like it's a CGI facsimile to begin with. I don't know how much work that takes, but I simply refuse to have our monument used in this way in perpetuity. I don't want our monument to be associated with this."
Meanwhile, check out everything you need to know about the show's forthcoming second season.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is streaming now on Netflix.
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