Writers were scratching their heads after learning that CBS's Showtime pay-TV channel apparently did not bother negotiating with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers rock group before airing the current serial drama Californication. The title was conceived as the title for the Chilli Peppers' 1999 hit CD. Moreover, one of the characters in the show, which stars David Duchovny, is named Dani California, the title of a Chilli Peppers song released just last year. On Monday the rock group filed a lawsuit against Showtime seeking damages and restitution and asked the court to issue a permanent injunction barring further use of the title. Reporting on the lawsuit, TV Guide Online commented, "Um, wouldn't the network's lawyers have, like, checked on the legality of reusing a famous title before they, you know, used it?"




21/11/2007