Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Chillis sue over 'Californication'

Titles have generally been assumed to be beyond copyright, but now rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers are suing the Showtime network over the name of its TV show, Californication, reports BBC News.
The band says the title is "immediately associated in the mind of the consumer" with its 1999 album and single release.

It has filed a lawsuit against Showtime Network - the makers of the TV show, which stars David Duchovny as a writer going through a mid-life crisis.

"For some TV show to come along and steal our identity is not right," said the band's singer, Anthony Kiedis.

He described Californication as "the signature CD, video and song of the band's career".
If you're interested, here's the full text of the lawsuit (pdf).

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