Sabrina makers Netflix and Warner Bros sued by Satanic Temple over statue

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The Satanic Temple is suing the streaming service and Warner Bros. for $50 million for alleged unauthorized use of the goat-headed deity Baphomet. They're also seeking to stop any more Sabrina from being distributed or reproduced as long as it has their Baphomet included.

The Satanic Temple in Salem is suing Netflix and Warner Brothers for $150 million after a replica of a demonic statue was used without permission.

The Satanic Temple, whose formal name is United Federation of Churches LLC, said the statue has appeared in at least four of the first 10 "Sabrina" episodes, which were released on October 26, and was a "key element" of the season finale.

In a bid to antagonize local governments that allow religious displays on public property - in its view, violating the separation of church and state - TST donated Baphomet to Oklahoma for display next to a Ten Commandments monument, only to see it rerouted to Arkansas' Capitol building amid litigation and protests.

In the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Sabrina Spellman attends The Academy of Unseen Arts, an educational institution for witches.

"Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" is based on the comic book series with the same name from Archie Comics.

The Satanic Temple says it does not worship Satan but instead works to "encourage benevolence and empathy among all people". "These original expressions are misappropriated through use of an obvious copy which is featured prominently throughout the Sabrina Series and the central focal point of the school in the Sabrina Series which represents evil antagonists".

Neither Netflix or Warner Bros have commented on the lawsuit.

Lucien Greaves, the co-founder of The Satanic Temple, took to Twitter last month to threaten legal action over the issue.

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