Satanic Tem­ple takes fight to Net­flix, Warner

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A satanic or­gan­i­sa­tion in the US is su­ing both Net­flix and Warner Bros for $50 mil­lion (R714 mil­lion) for copy­right in­fringe­ment.

The Satanic Tem­ple, a non­the­is­tic and po­lit­i­cal out­fit in Salem, Mas­sachusetts, claims the ap­pear­ance of the statue of “Baphomet” in the show, The Chill­ing Ad­ven­tures of Sab­rina, which is made by Warner Bros and streamed on Net­flix, was not au­tho­rised and de­fames the de­ity.

The Satanic Tem­ple said in its com­plaint filed in New York fed­eral court: “Baphomet is a his­tor­i­cal de­ity which has a com­plex his­tory, hav­ing been as­so­ci­ated with ac­cu­sa­tions of devil wor­ship against the Knight Tem­plar.

“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.”

If this all sounds a bit strange, it’s worth not­ing that the Satanic Tem­ple does, in fact, hold the copy­right for the statue. A quick check over at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s web­site re­veals that “the Baphomet statue is pro­tected by copy­right and owned by United Fed­er­a­tion of Churches LLC dba The Satanic Tem­ple”.

Aside from the mone­tary dam­ages it’s de­mand­ing, the Satanic Tem­ple is also seek­ing to bar Net­flix and Warner Bros from any re­pro­duc­tions or ap­pear­ances of Baphomet in any of the se­ries’ shows. If suc­cess­ful, it looks like the showrun­ners may also have to splurge out on a new prop.

Baphomet is a his­tor­i­cal de­ity which has a com­plex his­tory, hav­ing been as­so­ci­ated with ac­cu­sa­tions of devil wor­ship against Knight Tem­plar.

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