Don't give it away now: The Red Hot Chili Peppers have filed a lawsuit against Showtime over its use of the name Californication for its series starting David Duchovny. That just happens to be the title of a Chili Peppers' single and album.
Vinod Shankar at intellectual property blog IPwned notes how modern technology could aid the Chili Peppers: "They argue that if a consumer searches for "Californication" in iTunes, they get results of both Peppers' music and the soundtrack/episodes of the TV show. An interesting point! Nowadays with the internet, music, and TV are delivered the same way, they may actually be in direct competition, which could be problematic in allowing the show the word."
Defamer, the queen of Los Angeles gossip blogs, hits the nail on the head: "One would have thought that at least one clearance report red flag might have gone up. ... Still, faced with the series' rather cumbersome original working title of Midlife Crisis Featuring Bitter, Boozy Writer Who Gets Barrels of Pussy in an Improbable L.A. Teeming With Hot Bookworm Groupies, we can understand how they might have perhaps too hastily chosen to go with the far catchier one-word moniker."
In the suit, Kiedis explained: "Californication is the signature CD, video and song of the band's career." But plenty of fans aren't buying that. Jim Treacher at movie blog Blowing Smoke says, "I would have thought their signature song was 'Under the Bridge.' Or if you're really old, 'True Men Don't Kill Coyotes.' But no, it's 'Californication,' and Kiedis is the only genius in world history who's ever made the connection between 'California' and 'fornication.'" Indeed, a commenter at Sonic Terrorism points to this 1972 Time article, titled "The Great Wild Californicated West."