Thursday, November 22, 2007



I have been very critical of artists who have gone overboard in dealing with people who they think are ripping them off. I think that Prince should apologize to his fans for suing them (read "Prince Is A Royal Pain"). But sometimes the artist is right.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers made an album in 1999 called Californication. They also had a song called Californication on the album which has been played on the radio many times over the years. I am admitting that I bought the album and I like their music.

Recently, there was a show on TV called Californication. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are suing the creators of the show. The producer claimed to have heard the term in Oregon in reference to many people from California moving to their state.
I think that the Red Hot Chili Peppers will have an easy case. Californication was not a commonly used term before the album. Essentially, it is a made up word.
If I had one question to ask the producer of the show, I would ask him, "Did you ever try to search for the word Californication on a search engine?"

Even if the word or words used in a show's title were not made up, an artist can be ripped off. If a new show was called Appetite for Distruction, then someone would owe Guns 'N Roses some money.
Now what the producer of the show should do is actually give the Red Hot Chili Peppers some royalty payments for the use of the title of the show. In fact, wouldn't it make sense to actually use the song Californication as the opening theme? Everyone can win in this case if they could actually develop a partnership.
If they do not develop some sort of partnership, then the Red Hot Chili Peppers should win in court.


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