A devilishly good deal for Sabrina
Earlier in the month, we reported that The Satanic Temple (“ST”) had threatened legal action against Netflix for copyright infringement. The allegation is that Netflix copied the ST’s statue of a sabbatic goat in their new series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, without permission. Our previous article detailing the claim can be read here.
The £38 million dispute has now been resolved and the parties have settled the matter amicably. ST’s goat-deity Baphomet statue will be credited in the relevant episodes of the series, but the remaining terms of the settlement are subject to a confidentiality agreement.
As well as the alleged copyright infringement, ST were vexed by the show’s inclusion of the Baphomet statue at the school central to the storyline, which is heavily associated with evil, cannibalism and murder.
The temple’s founder, Lucien Greaves, commented that the case had been ‘overpublicised’. Greaves received hate mail regarding the series, with some people suggesting a Satanic organisation was using its power to target an innocent teenage witch who is new to the human world: we hope with tongue lodged firmly in cheek.
Stuart de Haan acted for ST and announced that his client was pleased with the amicable settlement. However, no comment has been made by Netflix or Warner Bros (the studio which produces the show).
As with most intellectual property disputes, the parties have achieved an early settlement of the matter, and therefore avoided significant legal bills and further negative media coverage. In fact, it is only because there was so much public interest that we are even aware of it.
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