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Gawker Tarantino

Gawker Tarantino

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GAWKER MEDIA, LLC’S MOTION TO DISMISS COMPLAINT
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LEVINE SULLIVAN KOCH & SCHULZ, LLP
ROBERT PENCHINA (admitted
Pro Hac Vice
) rpenchina@lskslaw.com 321 West 44th Street, Suite 1000  New York, NY 10036 Telephone: (212) 850-6100 Fax: (212) 850-6299 THOMAS CURLEY (admitted
Pro Hac Vice
) tcurley@lskslaw.com 1899 L Street, N.W., Suite 200 Washington, DC 20036 Telephone: (202) 508-1138 Fax: (202) 861-8999
JASSY VICK CAROLAN LLP
KEVIN L. VICK, Cal. Bar No. 220738 kvick@jassyvick.com JEAN-PAUL JASSY, Cal. Bar No. 205513  jpjassy@jassyvick.com 6605 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 100 Los Angeles, California 90028 Telephone: (310) 870-7048 Fax: (310) 870-7010 Attorneys for Defendant GAWKER MEDIA, LLC UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA – WESTERN DIVISION QUENTIN TARANTINO, Plaintiff, v. GAWKER MEDIA, LLC, et al., Defendants. Case No. CV 14-603-JFW (FFMx) Judge:
 
Hon. John F. Walter
DEFENDANT GAWKER MEDIA, LLC’S NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION TO DISMISS THE COMPLAINT PURSUANT TO F.R.C.P. RULE 12(b)(6); MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES
[Request for Judicial Notice Filed Concurrently] Date: April 14, 2014 Time: 1:30 p.m. Place: Courtroom 16
Case 2:14-cv-00603-JFW-FFM Document 23 Filed 03/10/14 Page 1 of 34 Page ID #:96
 
 
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GAWKER MEDIA, LLC’S MOTION TO DISMISS COMPLAINT
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TO THE COURT, THE PARTIES AND THEIR COUNSEL OF RECORD: PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on April 14, 2014 at 1:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as counsel may be heard, in Courtroom 16 of the above-entitled Court, the Honorable John F. Walter, presiding, defendant Gawker Media, LLC. (“Gawker” or “defendant”) will and hereby does move the Court under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 12(b)(6) for an order dismissing the Complaint of plaintiff Quentin Tarantino (“Tarantino” or “plaintiff”). A conference pursuant to Local Rule 7-3 took place on February 12, 2014. Gawker’s Motion to Dismiss (“Motion”) is made on the following grounds:  pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6), plaintiff has failed to state a claim for contributory copyright infringement upon which relief can be granted. Contributory infringement cannot exist in the absence of a direct infringement. Plaintiff has not alleged any non-conclusory facts establishing any direct infringement by third parties, or that Gawker induced or contributed to that infringement. Moreover, even if unauthorized use by third parties could be established, Gawker’s news report containing links to already extant copies of plaintiff’s work was a non-infringing fair use pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 107. Plaintiff’s claim for punitive damages should be dismissed because such relief is unavailable under the Copyright Act. Gawker’s Motion is based on this Notice, the attached Memorandum of Points and Authorities, on all papers, pleadings, records and files in this case, on all matters of which judicial notice may be taken, and on such other evidence and/or argument as may be presented to the Court at the hearing on this Motion. Gawker respectfully requests that the Court dismiss the Complaint, and each claim for relief contained therein against Gawker, with prejudice and without leave to amend.
Case 2:14-cv-00603-JFW-FFM Document 23 Filed 03/10/14 Page 2 of 34 Page ID #:97
 
 
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GAWKER MEDIA, LLC’S MOTION TO DISMISS COMPLAINT
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DATED: March 10, 2014 LEVINE SULLIVAN KOCH & SCHULZ, LLP ROBERT PENCHINA * THOMAS CURLEY * JASSY VICK CAROLAN LLP KEVIN L. VICK JEAN-PAUL JASSY By: /s/ Robert Penchina ROBERT PENCHINA Attorneys for Defendant GAWKER MEDIA, LLC * admitted
Pro Hac Vice
Case 2:14-cv-00603-JFW-FFM Document 23 Filed 03/10/14 Page 3 of 34 Page ID #:98

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