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Satanic Temple files $50 million lawsuit against Netflix/Warner Bros. for depiction of goat deity Baphomet in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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Dennis Reynolds    8,188

While most mortals are obsessed with politics with week, The Satanic Temple is more focused on Baphomet, an androgynous goat-headed deity. The outraged outfit has followed up on threats with a $50 million lawsuit over Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, alleging the series has infringed copyright and defamed its deity by featuring imagery in an unflattering light.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a series produced by Warner Bros., follows Sabrina Spellman as she attends The Academy of Unseen Arts. At the school is a statue of Baphomet.

"Baphomet is a historical deity which has a complex history, having been associated with accusations of devil worship against the Knight Templar," explains The Satanic Temple in its complaint filed in New York federal court. "Baphomet historically involved a goat’s head (sometimes known as the 'Sabbatic Goat') on a female body associated with Lilith, a figure from Jewish mysticism sometimes considered a goddess of the night. The classic visual representation of idea of Baphomet is an image created in or about 1856 by an occult historian Eliphas Levi..."

The plaintiff claims making modifications and holding copyright registration on a sculpture of Baphomet.

Its version of Baphomet, to quote one random website cited in the complaint, is the "most politically charged sculpture of our time," perhaps meaning that this case can't be divorced from politics after all.

"This case presents, among other things, a textbook example of the hornbook explanation of copyright protection that copyright law protects unique expressions, but not the ideas themselves," asserts the complaint. "What makes this case particularly striking and significant is that it arises in the context of Defendants who are highly sophisticated media production and distribution companies which blatantly misappropriated Plaintiff’s unique expression of an idea even though they have a long history of vigorously protecting their own intellectual property."

But the series didn't just display Baphomet, states The Satanic Temple (also known as the United Federation of Churches) in alleged violation of copyright; Netflix and Warner Bros. are also faulted for misleading consumers as to the origin.

Perhaps ironically, The Satanic Temple states it designed and commissioned its Baphomet "to be a central part of its efforts to promote First Amendment values of separation of church and state and equal protection," adding that the Netflix series' "prominent use of this symbol as the central focal point of the school associated with evil, cannibalism and murder blurs and tarnishes the TST Baphomet with Children as a mark of TST."

The final cause of action in this case is injury to business reputation. 

The Satanic Temple wants more than money. The church also requests an order enjoining Netflix and Warner Bros. from any future reproduction or distribution of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina with its Baphomet. 

 

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/netflix-warner-bros-hit-50m-suit-satanic-deity-chilling-adventures-sabrina-1159478

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Dennis Reynolds    8,188
6 minutes ago, Chris Morlock said:

well if its theirs, Netflix shouldve asked for permission to use it oprah14 

I refuse to believe you read this article...

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Chris Morlock    38,728
27 minutes ago, River Song said:

Copyright ok... defamatition tho brit9

there has always been a misconception that Satanism is related to devil worship.

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River Song    196
2 hours ago, Chris Morlock said:

there has always been a misconception that Satanism is related to devil worship.

Maybe they should have picked a different name then, I mean brit10

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Mamacita    6,858

It won't hold water, the only people that could possibly claim copyright have dead for hundreds and hundreds of years rip4

People just suing to sue. 

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Chris Morlock    38,728
1 hour ago, River Song said:

Maybe they should have picked a different name then, I mean brit10

satan =/= the devil. brit10 

only in christianity it does brit10 

1 hour ago, Mamacita said:

It won't hold water, the only people that could possibly claim copyright have dead for hundreds and hundreds of years rip4

People just suing to sue. 

what about Anton LaVey's family?

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Mamacita    6,858
17 minutes ago, Chris Morlock said:

satan =/= the devil. brit10 

only in christianity it does brit10 

what about Anton LaVey's family?

The concept of a devil, or even the Devil — and Satan, they weren’t created by the LaVeys. They’re an amalgamation of dozens of concepts, if not hundreds, from dozens of cultures and religions. 

The reasons that the Church of Satan was able to profit had less to do with any ownership over the concept as much as it was an amusing use of the US’s hokey religious laws. 

You can’t copyright religious concepts, end of story.

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River Song    196
25 minutes ago, Chris Morlock said:

satan =/= the devil. brit10 

only in christianity it does brit10 

But does anyone know that gaga6 Satan = the devil to most ppl on the planet. I don't make the rules katy8

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