Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Red Hot Chili Peppers sue Showtime

When Showtime began Californication I wondered about the legality of the series name. If Showtime thought they could use that name and not get permission then they don't know a lot about copyright infringement. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Tue Nov 20, 7:35 AM ET

LOS ANGELES — The Red Hot Chili Peppers on Monday 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.

The lawsuit alleges unfair competition, dilution of the value of the name and unjust enrichment, claiming the title is "inherently distinctive, famous ... and immediately associated in the mind of the consumer" with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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