Television 22 November 2018 | 18:01

Sabrina settled her $50m lawsuit with the Satanic Temple

22 November 2018 18:01

The Satanic Temple – a religious and political activist group based in Massachusetts – will probably be buying themselves a load of new pentagram-related paraphernalia this week. The nontheistic group settled their much-publicised copyright lawsuit against Netflix Inc and Warner Bros Entertainment yesterday. They’ll be walking away with a reported $50m (£38m).

The case was relating to the alleged misuse of a ‘goat-headed deity statue’, which appears in the spooky Netflix reboot The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. ‘The Satanic Temple is pleased to announce that the lawsuit it recently filed against Warner Bros and Netflix has been amicably settled,’ they said in a statement.

They added: ‘The unique elements of the Satanic Temple’s Baphomet statue have been acknowledged in the credits of episodes which have already been filmed. The remaining terms of the settlement are subject to a confidentiality agreement.’

For someone who has just received a monumental cash injection, Lucien Greaves, co-founder and spokesperson of the Satanic Temple, didn’t seem too impressed. ‘So ends one of the most overpublicized of copyright claims,’ he wrote on Twitter today. ‘Press can now stop pretending this was unique & momentous, or even interesting. So, too, hopefully, ends the parade of stupidity from online amateur legal experts.’

Scenes featuring the goat deity, which is allegedly very similar to the Satanic Temple’s icon,  appeared in the first four episodes of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. When the show first aired, Greaves posted a comparison of the two figures online. Throughout this whole process, he’s been rather outspoken on Twitter criticising the way in which his organisation’s symbol was portrayed on the 10-part hit show.

‘I’m amazed that anybody is confused as to why we would seek legal remedy over Sabrina using our monument,’ he says. ‘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?’

Whilst the offending symbolism in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was arguably used to illustrate evil, the Satanic Temple believe this was a gross misrepresentation. They say that they don’t worship Satan and that their symbolism is used to ‘encourage benevolence and empathy among all people’.

Greaves explained why the group launched the lawsuit, in his blog. ‘We are claiming copyright infringement for their use of our unique Baphomet monument design in their show as a central icon for a cannibalistic cult,’ he said. “We are not laying claim to Baphomet itself, but rather our original interpretation of Baphomet that has become a central icon to our organisation, much like a corporate logo.”

Netflix and Warner Bros have declined to comment on the settlement.