After threatening legal action last week, the Satanic Temple is moving forward with a $50 million lawsuit against Netflix and Warner Bros. for infringing on the copyright of the statue of Baphomet by including it in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Lucien Greaves, co-founder and spokesperson for the non-theistic religious and political activist group known as the Satanic Temple, had announced following the latest Archie Comics' adaptation's premiere that the organization was looking into pursuing legal action against the producers of the Netflix series for profiting off the Temple's monument and misrepresenting the organization through its unauthorized use.
The suit alleges that the Netflix series' version of the statue is based on the 2013 design created by the Temple, itself based on 19th century iconography. As such, the Temple claims that their statue designs of two children looking up to the figure are subject to copyright violated by Sabrina.
The statue itself appears prominently in the lobby of the series' Academy of the Unseen Arts with two of its students glancing up at the figure. The statue itself is seen in four episodes of the Netflix series' first season.
Developed for television by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, 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. It is available now to stream on Netflix.