The Satanic Temple has made good on their promise to sue Netflix over Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Last month, temple co-Founder Lucien Greaves revealed on social media that he was going to pursue a lawsuit against Netflix for the use of a Baphomet statue, which he claims is a copyright violation, amongst other things. According to court documents, the Satanic Temple is suing the streaming giant $50 million for each violation of copyright for a staggering total of $150M. The statue appears in four episodes of Season 1, so it's not immediately clear how the copyright violations are being tallied.
The Satanic Temple claims that they reached out to Netflix and Warner Bros. last month about the Baphomet statue controversy, but never heard back from either one. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has the statue displayed prominently in the series, which is currently already filming Season 2. The court documents reveal the Satanic Temple's problems with the use of the statue. The document reads.
"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."
In addition, the Satanic Temple claims that the statue appears as a "key element" in the season finale of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Netflix has yet to respond to the lawsuit, but the statues do look pretty similar to each other. However, both Baphomet statues are based off of the same 19th century image, which might make this lawsuit a bit hard to stand up in court. For now, the Satanic Temple is seeking an injunction that bars Netflix and Warner Bros. from distributing the series with the allegedly infringing statue.
Lucien Greaves originally thought that the Baphomet statue in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was made through the use of VFX, and thought that removal would be pretty simple. However, that is not the case. Going back and removing the statue would be a giant headache, and more than likely won't happen, which isn't so good for Greaves and the Satanic Temple. Greaves believes that the Baphomet statue is portrayed as "evil," which has a negative effect on the Church of Satan. Greaves also notes that the show will cause long-lasting damage on the Satanic Temple.
It was previously unclear how far Lucien Greaves and the Satanic Temple would go to protect their Baphomet statue, but they're clearly trying to get some monetary compensation from Netflix and Warner Bros. It will be interesting to see if this case actually makes it to trial because of how iconic the original Baphomet image is. For now, Netflix is enjoying the success of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and preparing for more success with Season 2. The court documents filed by the Satanic Temple were first obtained by The Blast. You can check out an image of the two Baphomet statues below.
For purposes of comparison... pic.twitter.com/AZJvmq1Cks— Lucien Greaves (@LucienGreaves) October 30, 2018