Members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers have sued Showtime Networks and others over the new television show called “Californication,” the same name used by the band for their Grammy-nominated 1999 album.
The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court today (Nov. 19), sets out claims under federal trademark law and state unfair competition law. The complaint alleges that the composition entitled “Californication” and the album achieved “extraordinary critical and commercial recognition.”
“‘Californication’ is the signature CD, video and song of the band’s career,” band frontman Anthony Kiedis said in a statement. “For some TV show to come along and steal our identity is not right.”