The Satanic Temple said on Wednesday it had settled its lawsuit accusing Warner Bros. and Netflix of copying the goat-headed statue of the temple in its new series "Sabrina."
The lawsuit was "resolved friendly," wrote Lucien Greaves, co-founder of the temple, in a blog on the Patheos website, dedicated to religion.
The temple will be recognized in the credits of the episodes of "Sabrina's creepy adventures" that have already been filmed, wrote Mr. Greaves. The rest of the agreement, which includes details about what will happen in future episodes of the program, is confidential, according to Bruce Lederman, the temple's attorney.
The lawsuit from the Satanic Temple, filed on November 9 in the Federal District Court in Manhattan, requested at least $ 50 million for the alleged copyright infringement and damage to the reputation of the temple. Mr. Lederman declined to comment on whether there was any financial agreement.
The temple, an activist group based in Salem, Massachusetts, defines its mission, in part, "to reject tyrannical authority" and "to foster benevolence and empathy among all people." The statue, "Baphomet With Children," was designed around five years ago. It was based on an 1856 drawing of the goat-head muscular deity made by Éliphas Lévi, an occultist. The statue shows two children looking at Baphomet as if they adored him.
It was intended as a protest to the religious statues that appear on public property. In 2015, the temple tried to install it in the Oklahoma Capitol in response to a monument of the Ten Commandments. (The Supreme Court of the state finally ordered that the Ten Commandments be eliminated). This year the temple I took him to the Arkansas Capitol to protest an exhibition of the Ten Commandments there.
A statue similar to "Baphomet With Children" appears in "Sabrina", which represents the Dark Lord, who fights against the adolescent half-human, half witch Sabrina. The Satanic Temple said the statue not only infringed on its copyright, but damaged its reputation by portraying the statue as evil.
In a statement, Warner Bros., which produces the program, acknowledged the agreement without giving further details. Netflix did not respond to a request for comment.
Mr. Greaves, in his blog post, thanked the people who had supported the demand, but also complained about the "large number of people who flooded us with the hate mail and the legal analysis of an armchair". "It's just about bringing joy to the world," he wrote.
"Thus ends one of the most publicized copyright claims," added Greaves. "The press can now stop pretending that this was unique and transcendental, or even interesting."