Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Law nerd interlude

From the moment I first heard about Showtime's David Duchovny vehicle, Californication, I have been waiting for the Red Hot Chili Peppers to file a lawsuit. And, at long last, the legal shoe has dropped. I am the least surprised person in the world.

My 1-minute legal analysis? The unfair competition claim is dead in the water, the unjust enrichment claim is redundant and is just there because claiming it is easy, and the dilution claim has just enough merit that this will inevitably end with Showtime paying the Red Hot Chili Peppers an undisclosed sum of money and including a mostly inconspicuous disclaimer somewhere in the Californication credits. And that's assuming that the case settles out before the series is canceled after one or two more seasons.

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