RHCP Sue Showtime Over Californication

justiceMy favourite news story of the day comes out of Los Angeles. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have sued Showtime Networks over the name of the television series "Californication," which is also the name of the band's 1999 album and a single on it.

I've written quite a bit about this David Duchovny show we get on TMN. It's a love/hate thing in that I love to hate it. I caught every episode and tore it to shreds with running commentary that my wife will confirm was funnier than the show.

When I first learnt they were calling the show "Californication", I thought it was an homage to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and I didn't think it infringed on copyright. I also noted a character was named Dani California, so they didn't try very hard to hide the name's inspiration. I hit Wikipedia to find out if RHCP invented this term, and there I learnt "Californication is a portmanteau of California and fornication, written about in Time on August 21, 1972 and seen on bumper stickers in the U.S. states of Colorado, Oregon and Idaho."

I can see why RHCP are pissed. If a show is going to bum your name, you want it to be a great deal better than this one.


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Andrew

I have never watched the show but the RHCP are being fools. They will probably get "an undisclosed amount" the way that Spike Lee got money when "Spike TV" came out. Because he invented the name Spike. He is the only person in the world named Spike.

The RHCP sound the same. Californication has been used before. Get over yourselves.

November 21, 2007 @ 9:16 AM

Jason | GetYourOJ.com

If they named a character Dani California and didn't get permission, they are idiots.

However, they don't seem to have legal rights to the Californication name.

November 21, 2007 @ 10:28 AM

Stephanie

I heard yesterday that it was only recently that the RHCP even heard about the show and they are saying Californication is their 'signature' song. Most fans disagree.

November 21, 2007 @ 9:05 PM

Josh

Love how intellectual property hording is rampant these days. Seems like people think just because they wrote some abstract idea down it belongs to them. Give me a break, we aren't talking about someone blatantly ripping you off (ice ice baby)

November 26, 2007 @ 9:33 PM

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