Netflix’s just launched “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” is facing a demon far worse than anything conjured up in the show – lawyers.
The Satanic Temple organisation has reportedly begun legal action against Netflix alleging copyright infringement, and they apparently have a real case.
In the series, Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) attends The Academy of the Unseen Arts, a school for witches and warlocks. Sitting in the main hall of the school is a statue dedicated to the Dark Lord.
Satanic Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves says it is an exact copy of their Baphomet deity statue, a work of art that is copyrighted and they reportedly didn’t give permission to the production to use it. He tweeted:
“Yes, we are taking legal action regarding #TheChillingAdventuresofSabrina appropriating our copyrighted monument design to promote their asinine Satanic Panic fiction. 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?.”
While the well-known Baphomet design hails from Eliphas Levi’s mid-19th century illustration, the version in both the Satanic Temple and in the show have some striking similarities. Greaves says they aren’t seeking money, rather they want the statue digitally altered telling SF Gate:
“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.”
The story comes as also today a real preservation group called The Dinosaur Project is suing the makers of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” for improper use of their trademarked slogan ‘Save the Dinos’ on tie-in merchandise, specifically on clothing, when he expressly stated they weren’t to be used. More details on that are up at THR.
“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” is now available worldwide on Netflix.