Netflix hit with a lawsuit over crappy copy of a Satanic Temple statue

Netflix hit with a lawsuit over crappy copy of a Satanic Temple statue November 8, 2018

This is what The Satanic Temple’s statue of the goat-headed pagan god Baphomet looks like.

And this is how it was replicated in Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Now the Satanic Temple has hit Netflix and Warner Bros with a $150 million lawsuit for using the organisation’s copyrighted design of the monument in four episodes of Sabrina and is a “key element” in the season finale.

In the lawsuit, the Temple claims:

Defendants misappropriated the TST Baphomet Children in ways implying that the monument stands for evil. Among other morally repugnant actions, the Sabrina Series’ evil antagonists engage in cannibalism and forced-worship of a patriarchal deity.

The temple says they notified Netflix and Warner Bros of the copyright violations back in October, but neither responded.

The Temple’s co-founder, Lucien Greaves, tweeted last month that he was planning on taking legal action. He wrote:

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

The temple is seeking an injunction barring Netflix and Warner Bros from distributing the series with the allegedly infringing images.

They are suing for copyright infringement, trademark violation, and injury to business reputation, asking for $50 million for each alleged violation.

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  • Cozmo the Magician

    FFS, when I first read about this I thought they had only used the statue in ONE scene for ONE episode (not that it would have made it any less illegal). But the fact that it was such an integral part of the series shows true intent to STEAL the work and use it illegally. Where dafuq was the network’s lawyers? The discovery part of this case will be REALLY interesting. There is no fucking way they could NOT have known what they were doing (as if it would matter).

    But remember folks, it is us atheists that have NO MORALS.

  • Yeah, no. Legally, the two statues are sufficiently different that TST has no claim.

  • Nomad

    There’s a better comparison between the statue in the show and The Satanic Temple’s statue here:

    In particular note the children in the copy that weren’t visible in the image used on this post. Notice how they’re not only in the same position and the same gender on each side, but they even have the same haircuts. The two statues are only different in that the one in the show is an imperfect copy. The few differences I’ve been able to find are that there’s a bigger gap between the beard and the caduceus, the children are positioned slightly differently, and, as is visible in the comparison used here, they deleted the large slab behind the original.

    It’s the fact that they almost exactly copied the children, who make no sense in the context of the show, that makes this so bad. You can find other instances of Baphomet being posed with his hands and arms in roughly the same position. But TST took the image and flipped it on its head by having him talking to children. The people behind the show could have had a more typical Baphomet and there wouldn’t have been any problem,l they wanted a statue meant to represent malevolence. But they copied the specific, unique details of TST’s statue, even though they weren’t even going to have it convey the meaning that those changes were meant to show.

    There’s one last thing, the traditional Baphomet depiction also has a perky pair of breasts. Even there they chose to mirror TST’s version instead of giving themselves any kind of an out. Given the reasonably violent, adult nature of the show, I really don’t think this was a change made out of a desire to be family friendly. They copied a unique work of art, mirroring every single thing that makes TST’s statue different from the typical portrayal.

  • Martin Penwald

    … and decided it would represent evil. I think the TST has a strong case.

  • Sophotroph

    They’re virtually identical. They won’t get $150M, but there really shouldn’t be any way for them to lose this case.

  • Not identical statues, NO CASE.