The Satanic Temple sued Netflix and Warner Bros Entertainment on Thursday, seeking more than $50 million for their alleged unauthorised use of a statue of the goat-headed deity Baphomet in the series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
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. It is based on a comic book of the same name, which also inspired the show "Sabrina the Teenage Witch", a series which ran from 1996-2003.
It adds the Satanic Temple created its depiction of Baphomet in part "to promote First Amendment values of separation of church and state and equal protection".
The activist group, which advocates for the Baphomet statue being placed alongside other religious displays in public spaces, claimed the makers of the show have violated their trademark after a similar-looking statue appeared in several episodes of the Netflix show.
In the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Sabrina Spellman attends The Academy of Unseen Arts, an educational institution for witches.
Characters in the show who worship the "Dark Lord" or Satan practice cannibalism and forced worship, and the Satanic Temple argues its members are being associated with these "evil antagonists", the BBC report said.
Their website states the group strives "to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice." .
Lucien Greaves, the co-founder of The Satanic Temple, took to Twitter last month to threaten legal action over the issue.
When contacted for comment, Netflix referred the request to Warner Bros, however Warner Bros spokesman Paul McGuire said the company does not discuss pending litigation.