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Craigslist v PadMapper

Craigslist v PadMapper

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PERKINSCOIE
llp
CHRISTOPHERKAO
(No.237716)
ckao@perkinscoie.com
BRIAN
P.
HENNESSY
(No.226721)
bhennessy@perkinscoie.com
J.
PATRICKCORRIGAN
(No.240859)
pcorrigan@perkinscoie.com
3150
Porter
Drive
Palo
Alto,
CA94304
Telephone:650.838.4300
Facsimile:
650.838.4595
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Attorneysfor
Plaintiff
craigslist,Inc.
UNITED
STATESDISTRICT
COURT
NORTHERNDISTRICT
OF
CALIFORNIA
CRAIGSLIST,
INC.,
a
Delaware
corporation,
Plaintiff,
v.
3TAPS,
INC.,aDelawarecorporation;
PADMAPPER,
INC.,
a
Delaware
corporation;andDoes1through25,
inclusive,
Defendants.
COMPLAINT
(GeVo.
1
COMPLAINT
FOR:
3G16
LB
(1)CopyrightInfringement(2)ContributoryCopyrightInfringement
(3)Breach
of
Contract
(4)Federal
Trademark
Infringement(5)FederalFalseDesignation
of
Origin(6)FederalDilution
of
aFamousMark(7)FederalCyberpiracyPrevention(8)California
Trademark
Infringement(9)
CommonLawTrademark
Infringement
(10)CaliforniaUnfairCompetition
DEMAND
FORJURY
TRIAL
 
1Plaintiffcraigslist,Inc.("craigslist"),byandthroughitsundersignedcounsel,forits
2ComplaintagainstDefendants3Taps,Inc.("3Taps")andPadMapper,Inc.("PadMapper"),asserts
3
asfollows.
4
INTRODUCTION
51.craigslistprovideslocalcommunityclassifieds,largelywithoutchargeandfree6fromthird-partyadvertisingandmarketing.Manytens
of
millions
of
usersrelyontheseunique
7marketplacesforfindingand/orofferingbasicnecessitiesin
their
localarea,suchasemployment,8housing,transportation,usedgoods,services,romance,friendship,and
community
information.
92.Fortheirowncommercialbenefit,Defendants3TapsandPadMapperare10unlawfullyandunabashedlymass-harvestingandredistributingpostingsentrustedbycraigslist
11userstotheirlocalcraigslistsites.
This
exploitation
of
craigslistcontentunderminestheintegrity
12
of
localcraigslistcommunities,ultimatelyharmingbothcraigslistanditsusers.133.3Taps,forexample,boaststhatitmasscopiestens
of
millions
of
postingsfrom14craigslistin"realtime"andstorestheminitsowndatabase.3Tapsmakesthismisappropriated15contentavailableviaan"ApplicationProgrammingInterface"(API)towhomeverandon16whateverterms3Tapschooses.Alltheoriginalandoftenhighlypersonalcontentcraigslistusers
17entrustto
their
localcraigslistsites,alongwiththeircontactinformation,istherebymade
18availabletoallmanner
of
for-profitentitiestocopy,repurpose,redisplay,redistribute,surround
19withadvertisements,exposetonon-localaudiences,subjecttomarketingcome-ons,disturbwith
20unsolicitedcommunications,andotherwiseexploitcommercially.214.UsingitsownAPI,3Tapsoperatestrademark-infringingcraiggers.com,which
22unlawfullyredisplaysandfacilitatesnationalsearchesofcraigslist'slocalcontent,thereby23underminingtheessentiallocality
of
craigslistcommunitysites.3Tapsalsodistributesan
24unlicensedcraiggersmobileapplicationfortheiPhonethatredisplayscraigslistcontent.
255.Inaddition,3Tapsactivelyencouragesandenablesothercompaniestounlawfully26exploitmisappropriatedcraigslistcontent.DefendantPadMapperisoneexample.Itcompetes
27withcraigslistunfairlybyofferinganapartmentsearchserviceatpadmapper.comthatislargely
28baseduponcraigslistpostingsacquiredfrom
3Taps'
illegitimatestore.
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COMPLAINT
 
16.Theadage,"nogooddeedgoesunpunished,"isfitting.Becausecraigslisthas2workedhardandinvestedheavilyformanyyearssothatitsuserscanuseitslocalcommunity
3siteslargelyfree
of
charge,andfreefromthird-partyadvertisingandmarketing,opportunistslike
43TapsandPadMappernowclaimcraigslist'scontentis"free"forthemtomisappropriate5wholesaleandcommerciallyexploit,evenforthepurpose
of
developingrivalbusinesses.
67.Indeed,
3Taps'
founder,GregKidd,hasopenlytouted
3Taps'
violation
of
7craigslist'srights,referringtoUnitedStatescopyrightlaws—which3TapsandPadMappereach8violate—as"artificialconfines"fromwhichcraigslist'sprotectedcontentshouldbe"liberated."
98.Defendantsarewrong,craigslistprovidesaunique
and
highlyvaluedservicetoits]0users,andhaseveryrighttolimitthecopyinganddistribution
of
craigslistcontent.
Doing
so11protectscraigslistandits
community
of
usersalike.3Tapsand
PadMapper
cannotusurp
or
12misappropriatethatright,particularlyfortheirowncommercialgain.
139.SincetheDefendantsareunwillingtoceasetheirinfringingandharmful
14activities—indeed,eachisbrazenlyintentonunlawfullygrowingitsbusinessontheback
of
15craigslistanditsusers—craigslisthadnochoicebuttocommencethisaction.
16
JURISDICTIONAND
VENUE
1710.ThisCourthasfederalquestionjurisdictionoverthisactionunder28U.S.C.
18§§
1331
and1338,becausethisactionallegesviolations
of
federalstatutes,includingthe19CopyrightAct(17U.S.C.§101,
elseq.)
andtheLanhamAct(15U.S.C.§§1114and
201125(a),
(c),(d)).
21
II.
ThisCourthassupplementaljurisdictionovertheremainingclaimsunder
2228
U.S.C.
§1367.
2312.VenueisproperinthisDistrictunder28U.S.C.§1391,becauseasubstantialpart
24
of
theeventsoromissionsgivingrisetotheclaimsoccurredinthisDistrict.
2513.Inaddition,craigslist'sTerms
of
Use
('TOU")
governingallusers',and
26specifically,Defendants',accesstoanduseofthecraigslistwebsiteandcraigslist'sservices27providethatcourtslocatedwithinthecountyofSanFrancisco,California,shallhaveexclusive
28jurisdictionovertherelationshipbetweencraigslistandDefendants.
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COMPLAINT

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