The Church of Satan Responds to The Satanic Temple’s Lawsuit Against Netflix’s ‘Sabrina’

Last week, we reported that The Satanic Temple had filed a lawsuit against Netflix’s new series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, citing copyright infringement over their use of an almost exact replica of the Satanic Temple’s statue of Baphomet. A couple of days after our reporting, The Church of Satan issued a statement about the lawsuit and […]

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Satanists File $50M Lawsuit Against CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA Over Baphomet Statue

Last week, we reported on threats of litigation made by The Satanic Temple against Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina over the appropriation of a copyrighted Baphomet statue. In the show, the statue of the infamous goat/human hybrid sits in the lobby of The School for Unseen Arts. To recap:

The Satanic Temple claims the show’s statue design is an appropriation of proprietary material, as they recently unveiled their own 9-foot statue of Baphomet. But the Temple’s gripe goes beyond copyright infringement; Satanic Temple Co-Founder Lucien Greaves feels the use of the Baphomet statue in Sabrina maligns the true nature of Satanism, calling the show “asinine Satanic Panic fiction.”

Now, Deadline is reporting the Satanists have made good on their threat to sue, and they’re seeking a whopping $50M!

According to Deadline:

“This case presents, among other things, a textbook example of the hornbook explanation of copyright protection that copyright law protects unique expressions, but not the ideas themselves,” lawyer Bruce Lederman wrote on behalf of the temple in a complaint filed in federal court this morning (read it here). “What makes this case particularly striking and significant is that it arises in the context of Defendants who are highly sophisticated media production and distribution companies which blatantly misappropriated Plaintiff’s unique expression of an idea even though they have a long history of vigorously protecting their own intellectual property,” the much threatening jury-seeking paperwork adds.

As opposed to the witches and warlocks in Sabrina, Satanists don’t actually worship the Devil. According to the FAQ section on the Temple’s website they believe in “Seven Tenets”:

  1. “One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.”
  2. “The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.”
  3. “One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.”
  4. “The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo one’s own.”
  5. “Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.”
  6. “People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and remediate any harm that may have been caused.”
  7. “Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.”

When asked for a comment, Netflix directed reporters to Warner Bros. who also declined to weigh in. We’ll keep our eyes on this litigious situation as it unfolds. In the meantime, peep the synopsis and trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina below.

Synopsis:
This adaptation of the “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” tale is a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror and the occult. In the reimagined origin story, Sabrina Spellman wrestles to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family — including aunts Hilda and Zelda — and the daylight world humans inhabit. Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men”) leads the cast in the titular role of the show that is based on a comic series of the same name.

Have you been watching Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix? What do you think of The Satanic Temple’s complaints regarding the Baphomet statue at The School for Unseen Arts? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Church of Satan Suing CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA Over Baphomet Statue

In the new Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the lobby of The School of Unseen Arts is adorned with a giant statue of Baphomet, a human/goat hybrid who’s become synonymous with Satanism. The only problem is, the official Church of Satan claims the show’s statue design is an appropriation of proprietary material, as they recently unveiled their own 9-foot statue of Baphomet.

But the Church’s gripe goes beyond copyright infringement; Satanic Temple Co-Founder Lucien Greaves feels the use of the Baphomet statue in Sabrina maligns the true nature of Satanism, calling the show “asinine Satanic Panic fiction.”

“I feel that the use of our particular image that is recognized as our own central icon (being) displayed fictionally as central to some cannibalistic cult has real-world damaging effects for us.”

As opposed to the witches and warlocks in Sabrina, Satanists don’t actually worship the Devil. According to the FAQ section on the church’s website they believe in “Seven Tenets”:

  1. “One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.”
  2. “The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.”
  3. “One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.”
  4. “The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo one’s own.”
  5. “Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.”
  6. “People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and remediate any harm that may have been caused.”
  7. “Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.”

Netflix has yet to respond to the Church of Satan’s threats of impending litigation; Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has already been greenlit for a second season. Hopefully, all parties involved will be able to reach an amicable resolution.

You can check out the synopsis and trailer for the first season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina below.

Synopsis:
This adaptation of the “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” tale is a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror and the occult. In the reimagined origin story, Sabrina Spellman wrestles to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family — including aunts Hilda and Zelda — and the daylight world humans inhabit. Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men”) leads the cast in the titular role of the show that is based on a comic series of the same name.

Have you been watching Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix? What do you think of the Church of Satan’s complaints regarding the Baphomet statue at The School for Unseen Arts? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Satanic Temple Co-Founder Lucien Greaves Threatens Legal Action Against Netflix’s ‘Sabrina’

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has received a chilly reception from the co-founder of the Satanic Temple, Lucien Greaves, who threatened legal action against Netflix’s new series over copy right violations.  According to Greaves, Netflix “…appropriat(ed) our copyrighted monument design to promote their asinine Satanic Panic fiction.”

The dispute revolves around one of the props used on Sabrina, which looks eerily similar to the Satanic Temple’s copyrighted Baphomet statue.   Stuart de Haan, the legal counsel who is representing the Satanic Temple, released an official statement to CNN and stated that “The reason for this demand is that this particular imagery is unique from any other likeness of Baphomet. It was created by The Satanic Temple to represent its unique interests including empathy, bodily autonomy, and individual liberties.” de Haan went on to say that “The way it is portrayed in Sabrina is completely antithetical for what the Temple stands for. It was a copyrighted image and permission was never granted or requested by any media outlet. It is undeniable that this imagery was directly taken from The Satanic Temple rather than other source material.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, de Haan “…sent the text of a demand letter he says he sent to Netflix and Warner Bros. Entertainment.”The statement communicated that the use of the image on Sabrina was not helping the Temple ” …to overcome centuries of stigma surrounding their religious symbolism.  My client has expended considerable efforts in the design and creation of their particular expression of Baphomet, the goat-headed deity represented by this monument. This statue is an original work and, until now, has been associated exclusively with The Satanic Temple all around the world. This has deep religious significance to my client’s organization.”

Greaves (co-founder and spokesperson for The Satanic Temple) also shared the image below on twitter which offers a side-by-side comparison of the prop and the statue that graces the Temple in Salem, Massachusetts (you be the judge!)  Stay tuned to Horror News Network for further legal coverage of this intellectual property battle.

 

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