Red Hot Chili Peppers sue over ‘Californication’ TV series

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are suing Showtime over the David Duchovny series "Californication."

The suit says the name is a misuse of the band's intellectual property.

Their lawyer, Justin Ehrlich, says in a statement, "The Red Hot Chili Peppers would never have allowed their iconic album and song title to be used as the title of a television program -- much less this one."

Singer Anthony Kiedis says "Californication" is the band's signature CD and song, "and for some TV show to come along and steal our identity is not right."

The show also features a character named Dani California, which is also the name of a Chili Peppers song. The suit asks for undisclosed damages.

A spokesman for Showtime couldn't be reached for comment. However, show creator Tom Kapinos told reporters in July he took the title from bumper stickers in the 1970s that said "Don't Californicate Oregon."


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