One of the newest shows from the US has caught my attention. Californication with David Duchovny in the starring role. I like it, it is different harder then most shows and really really funny. What isn’t so funny is the Red Hot Chili Peppers suing over the shows name.
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.
I say here WTF!!! If nothing else it helps your music by having something else associated with it. Some people (ie me) will like the show and those good thoughts may cross over to RHCP album of the same name. You may be a fan of RHCP and hate the show – which means you’ll bring more favourable comments to the album. Or three you hate both and that’ll be that – ie people that would never be Chilli fans in the first place.
This whole copyright thing on names really shits me. It is a word therefore it is anyones. You make an item ie an album and someone copies that or uses it without your permission go sue them. I don’t see anything in this show that would make me even think of the music by RHCP. In fact this action has made me want to get rid of my RHCP albums. Grow up and get a life!
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