Sa­tanic Tem­ple sues Net­flix

The Tribune (SLO) (Sunday) - - Local - BY WENDY LEE Los An­ge­les Times

Satan is get­ting a bad rap in Hol­ly­wood.

At least that’s one of the claims in an un­usual copy­right in­fringe­ment law­suit that the Sa­tanic Tem­ple has brought against Net­flix and Warner Bros.

The Sa­tanic Tem­ple this week sued the me­dia com­pa­nies in fed­eral court over its por­trayal of a goat-headed de­ity in the show “Chill­ing Ad­ven­tures of Sab­rina” that mim­ics a statue the tem­ple un­veiled about four years ago.

The group is seek­ing at least $50 mil­lion in dam­ages in a law­suit that is rais­ing eye­brows – and not only be­cause of the na­ture of the claims. The case could even change how Hol­ly­wood uses cul­tural sym­bols in films and TV shows, some le­gal ex­pert say.

“It’s def­i­nitely not a friv­o­lous law­suit,” said Christo­pher Beall, a first amend­ment and me­dia lawyer at Fox Roth­schild. “What is hap­pen­ing here is the ful­crum of the ten­sion be­tween free speech and copy­right.”

The dis­pute cen­ters around the tem­ple’s statue called “Baphomet With Chil­dren,” that de­picts two kids look­ing at the goat-headed de­ity in awe.

The tem­ple says the statue presents a coun­ter­point to a statue of the Ten Com­mand­ments dis­played in the Ok­la­homa Capi­tol. In 2015, the Ten Com­mand­ments statue was re­moved af­ter the state’s Supreme Court ruled it vi­o­lated the Con­sti­tu­tion.

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