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MPAA isoHunt appeal

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FOR PUBLICATION
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
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. No. 10-55946D.C. No.2:06-cv-05578-SVW-JCOPINIONAppeal from the United States District Courtfor the Central District of CaliforniaStephen V. Wilson, District Judge, PresidingArgued May 6, 2011Submitted March 21, 2013Pasadena, CaliforniaFiled March 21, 2013
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This summary constitutes no part of the opinion of the court. It has
*
 been prepared by court staff for the convenience of the reader.
Before: Harry Pregerson, Raymond C. Fisher, andMarsha S. Berzon, Circuit Judges.Opinion by Judge Berzon
SUMMARY
*
Copyright
The panel affirmed in part and vacated in part the districtcourt’s judgment in favor of film studios, which alleged thatthe services offered and websites maintained by thedefendants induced third parties to download infringingcopies of the studios’ copyrighted works.Affirming the district court’s summary judgment, the panel held that under 
 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. v.Grokster Ltd.
, 545 U.S. 913 (2005), the defendants wereliable for contributory copyright infringement on aninducement theory because the plaintiffs established (1)distribution of a device or product, (2) acts of infringement,(3) an object of promoting the product’s use to infringecopyright, and (4) causation in the defendants’ use of the peer-to-peer file sharing protocol known as BitTorrent.The panel held that the defendants were not entitled to protection from liability under any of the safe harbor  provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act,including safe harbors provided by 17 U.S.C. § 512(a), (c),
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3and (d) for transitory digital network communications,information residing on systems or networks at direction of users, and information location tools. The panel nonethelessrejected the argument that inducement liability is inherentlyincompatible with protection under the safe harbors.Reversing and modifying in part the district court’s permanent injunction, the panel held that certain provisionsof the injunction were too vague to meet the noticerequirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 65(d), and certain provisionswere unduly burdensome.
COUNSEL
Ira P. Rothken, Esq. (argued), Robert L. Kovsky, Esq., andJared R. Smith, Esq. of Rothken Law Firm, Novato,California, for Defendant-Appellants.Paul M. Smith (argued), Steven B. Fabrizio, William M.Hohengarten, Duane C. Pozza, Garret A. Levin, Caroline D.Lopez, Jenner & Block LLP, Washington, D.C.; Karen R.Thorland, Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.,Sherman Oaks, California; Gianni P. Servodidio, Jenner &Block LLP, New York, New York, for Plaintiffs-Appellees.Andrew H. Schapiro, Mayer Brown LLP, New York, NewYork, for amicus curiae Google, Inc.
Case: 10-55946 03/21/2013 ID: 8559238 DktEntry: 65-1 Page: 3 of 59

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