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Satanic Temple Settles Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Statue Lawsuit

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Netflix and the Satanic Temple have reportedly reached a settlement after the institution filed a $50 million lawsuit alleging the new series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina violated copyright by featuring a statue of the deity Baphomet, which is similar to the one used by the temple.

The organization announced in a statement that it reached an amicable settlement requiring the streaming service to acknowledge the copied elements of the statue in the credits of episodes that have already been filmed. However, the other terms of the settlement are currently locked behind a confidentiality agreement.

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In the statement, the organization also called attention to the amount of backlash it received before turning their sights on the media.

"I have gotten quite a bit of hate mail from people seemingly basic enough to conceive of a situation as one in which a large powerful Satanic organization is using its might to bully and uncertain and innocent teenage with who has just been newly exposed to the wide, cruel world," said the statement. "The truth is, it is a poor commentary upon our entire culture, in my eyes, that the media overwhelmed this copyright claim, relative to which the coverage of our rally in Arkansas, which confronted still unresolved questions about the continued American dedication to Liberal democracy, received sparse reporting for a day."

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The initial lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in New York and claimed that four episodes of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina featured a statue of Baphomet that looked too similar to the one used by the Satanic Temple for the organization's liking. The statue, which was built in 2013 and 2014, was inspired by depictions of Baphomet that date back to the 19th century.

Streaming now on Netflix, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina stars Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman, Ross Lynch as Harvey Kinkle, Michelle Gomez as Mary Wardwell/Madam Satan, Jaz Sinclair as Rosalind Walker, Chance Perdomo as Ambrose Spellman, Lucy Davis as Hilda Spellman, Miranda Otto as Zelda Spellman, and Richard Coyle as Father Blackwood.

(via Variety)

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