Satanists are suing Netflix over ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’

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The Wrap reports that The Satanic Temple is "claiming copyright infringement, trademark violation and injury to business reputation, asking for $50 million for each, and a total of $150 million in damages", according to court documents filed in NY obtained by the outlet.

They are claiming that the creators of Netflix and Warner Bros. joint effort the "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" have ripped off their Baphomet statue.

The Satanic Temple made national headlines in 2014 after campaigning to have the Baphomet statue placed alongside a monument of the Ten Commandments in Oklahoma City on the grounds of religious freedom. The temple says the statue cost about $100,000 to design and build.

Founded in 2012, the group does not believe in a supernatural Satan, but instead works to ensure the separation of church and state and holds Satan as a symbol of "opposition to arbitrary authority".

Lucien Greaves, co-founder of the Satanic Temple, posted a tweet comparing their statue with that in the show. "Among other morally repugnant actions, the Sabrina Series' evil antagonists engage in cannibalism and forced-worship of a patriarchal deity".

The Satanic Temple, whose formal name is United Federation of Churches LLC, said the statue has appeared in at least four of the first 10 "Sabrina" episodes, which were released on October 26, and was a "key element" of the season finale.

"Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" is based on the comic book series with the same name from Archie Comics.

"To have that all at once entirely eclipsed by some Netflix show by a production department who did a Google Image Search ... A lot of people who haven't heard of us first stand to just recognize that monument as the "Sabrina" monument, which dilutes and denigrates the entire project".

Netflix referred questions to Warner Bros.

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