A religious and political organisation located in Salem, Massachusetts called the Satanic Temple has accused Netflix’sÂ The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina of copyright infringement. The former is taking legal action against the latter for allegedly ripping off the design of its statue of the deity Baphomet.
Lucien Greaves, a co-founder and spokesperson of the Satanic Temple would use Twitter to articulate the groupÂs discontent regarding the design of the statue that has been employed in numerous scenes of Sabrina. Greaves has accused the show of ÂappropriatingÂ the TempleÂs original Baphomet monument. Furthermore, he would go on to state in a blog post that Â[w]e are claiming copyright infringement for their use of our unique Baphomet monument design in their show as a central icon for a cannibalistic cultÂ 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.Â
Greaves has emphatically vocalised that he wants Netflix to remove the statue from its show. He said that ÂI want them to take it outÂ 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.Â