Satanic Temple sues over goat-headed deity's portrayal in Netflix's 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'

November 9, 2018Media Mention
Los Angeles Times

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 temple says it registered the statue with the U.S. Copyright Office. And the similarity with the image depicted in the Sabrina series could create legal problems for Netflix.

“Because it’s copying things that are unique to this new work, that’s where they get in trouble,” said attorney Jesse Saivar, head of the intellectual property and technology department at Greenberg Glusker.