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.