Satanic Temple sues Netflix
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.