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Tarantino Oppo

Tarantino Oppo

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MARTIN D. SINGER (BAR NO. 78166)EVAN N. SPIEGEL (BAR NO. 198071)HENRY L. SELF III (BAR NO. 223153)LAVELY & SINGER PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION
2049 Century Park East, Suite 2400Los Angeles, California 90067-2906Telephone: (310) 556-3501Facsimile: (310) 556-3615E-Mail: mdsinger@lavelysinger.com espiegel@lavelysinger.comAttorneys for Plaintiff 
QUENTIN TARANTINO
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTCENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIAQUENTIN TARANTINO, anindividual,Plaintiff,v.GAWKER MEDIA, LLC, a/k/aGawker Media, a Delawarecorporation; GAWKER MEDIAGROUP, INC, a/k/a Gawker Media, aCayman Islands corporation;GAWKER ENTERTAINMENT,LLC, a/k/a Gawker Media, a NewYork corporation; DOE-1, a/k/aANONFILES.com, an unknownentity/person, and DOES 2 through10, inclusive,Defendants. ______________________________ )))))))))))))))))))))CASE NO. 14-CV-603-JFW (FFMx)[Hon. John F. Walter]
OPPOSITION TO DEFENDANTGAWKER MEDIA, LLC’SMOTION TO DISMISS THECOMPLAINT PURSUANT TOF.R.C.P. 12(b)(6)
Date:April 14, 2014Time:1:30 p.m.Ctrm:16
[Filed Concurrently With: (i)
Appendix of UnpublishedAuthorities; and (ii) Opposition toRequest for Judicial Notice]
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iOPPOSITION TO MTN TO DISMISS
Case 2:14-cv-00603-JFW-FFM Document 26 Filed 03/24/14 Page 1 of 31 Page ID #:154
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page No.I.INTRODUCTION .............................................1II.SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ...................................2II.FACTUAL BACKGROUND ....................................3IV. MEMORANDUM OF POINTS & AUTHORITIES ...................5A.Motions to Dismiss Under Rule 12(b)(6) Are Disfavored .........5B.The Complaint States a Valid Claim Against Gawker for Contributory Copyright Infringement .........................51.The Complaint States Valid Claims for Underlying Direct Copyright Infringement ..............................6a.Tarantino Authored and Owns the Screenplay ........6 b.The First Claim for Relief Alleges Direct Infringement By the Doe Defendants ...............6c.The Complaint Also Alleges Direct Infringement By Internet Users Via Gawker's Links.................82.Gawker Had Knowledge of the Infringing Activity .........93.Gawker Induced, Caused and/or Materially Contributed to the Infringing Conduct ..................10C.It is Inappropriate to Analyze Gawker’s Fair Use Defense Now ...12D.The Fair Use Doctrine Does Not Absolve Gawker of Liability ....131.The Primary Infringers’ Use of the ScreenplayWas Not Fair ......................................15a.The Purpose and Character of Use Weigh Against a Finding of Fair Use ....................15(1)The Use Was Not Transformative ...........15(2)The Use Was Commercial .................15 b.The Nature of the Copyrighted Work Weighs Against a Finding of Fair Use ....................16(1)The Screenplay Is Unpublished .............16(2)The Screenplay Is a Creative Work ..........18
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TABLE OF CONTENTS (CONTINUED)
Page No.c.The Amount and Substantiality of the Portion UsedWeighs Against a Finding of Fair Use .............18d.The Effect of Use Upon the Potential Market Weighs Against a Finding of Fair Use .............192.Gawker’s Purported Use” of the Screenplay Was Not Fair..21a.The Purpose and Character of Use Weigh Against a Finding of Fair Use ....................21(1)The Use Was Not Truly for News Reporting ...21(2)The Use Was Not Transformative ...........22(3)The Use Was Commercial .................23 b.The Nature of the Copyrighted Work Weighs Against a Finding of Fair Use ....................23c.The Amount and Substantiality of the Portion UsedWeighs Against a Finding of Fair Use .............23d.The Effect of Use Upon the Potential Market Weighs Against a Finding of Fair Use .............24E.Motion to Dismiss Punitive Damages Should Not to be Granted ...25V.CONCLUSION ..............................................25
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