Red hot stuff as Californication dispute heads for the courts

December 2007

Artists, television

The IPKat reports on the of the altercation between The Red Hot Chili Peppers and US broadcaster Showtime over the use of the word Californication – this being the name of the band’s 1999 album and a hit single. The band alleges unfair competition, dilution of the value of the name and unjust enrichment, claiming that the title is “inherently distinctive, famous … and immediately associated in the mind of the consumer” with the band. Injunctive relief is sought in a Los Angeles court against the broadcasting of Showtime’s TV series of the same name, as well as an account of profits. The television series features a novelist suffering from writers’ block and a mid-life crisis, together with a character named Dani California – coincidentally the title of another Red Hot Chili Peppers song released in 2006.

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