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Reply to Motion

Reply to Motion

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12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728Michael J
.
Niborski (State Bar No
.
192111)
mniborski@pryorcashman.com
Darius K.C
.
Zolnor (State Bar No
.
248686)
dzolnor@pryorcashman.com
 
PRYOR CASHMAN LLP
1801 Century Park East, 24th Floor Los Angeles, California 90067-2302 Tel: (310) 556-9608 / Fax: (310) 556-9670 Ilene S
.
Farkas (admitted
 pro hac vice
)
ifarkas@pryorcashman.com
Leighton E. Dellinger (
 pro hac vice
application forthcoming)
 ldellinger@pryorcashman.com
PRYOR CASHMAN LLP
7 Times Square New York, New York 10036-6569 Tel: (212) 326-0108 / Fax: (212) 798-6306
 Attorneys for Defendants
KANYE WEST, UMG RECORDINGS, INC., ROC-A-FELLA RECORDS, LLC, THE ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC GROUP; CAROLINE DISTRIBUTION, ELECTRONIC ARTS, INC., WARNER BROS
.
ENTERTAINMENT INC., STONES THROW RECORDS, and NBCUNIVERSAL MEDIA, LLC
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA WESTERN DIVISION
Case No
.
CV 13-02449 BRO (JCx)
REPLY IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR JUDGMENT ON THE PLEADINGS AS TO PLAINTIFFS’ FOURTH AMENDED COMPLAINT
Hearing: Date: August 5, 2014 Time: 8:30 a.m. Courtroom: 14 Objections to Extraneous Material; Supplemental Declaration of Ilene S. Farkas; and Supplemental Notice of Lodging filed concurrently TRENA STEWARD,
et al.
, Plaintiffs, v. KANYE WEST,
et al.
, Defendants. )))))))))))))))))))))))
Case 2:13-cv-02449-BRO-JC Document 150 Filed 07/02/14 Page 1 of 18 Page ID #:1801
 
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLE OF AUTHORITIES ..................................................................................... ii I. PRELIMINARY STATEMENT ....................................................................... 1 II. ARGUMENT ..................................................................................................... 2 A. This Court Can Determine Non-Infringement on This Motion ................. 2 1. Plaintiffs Fail to Identify the Particular Work Infringed ..................... 3 2. Plaintiffs Fail to Allege Infringement as a Matter of Law ....................... 4 a. The Snippets Are Not Protectable ................................................ 5 b. Plaintiffs Have Also Failed to Allege Actionable Copying. ........ 6 c. Plaintiffs’ Remaining Argument Should Be Rejected ................. 8 B. Plaintiffs Concede They are Not Joint Authors.......................................... 9 C. Plaintiffs’ Declaratory Relief Claims are Time Barred ............................ 10 D. Statutory Damages And Attorneys’ Fees Are Unavailable ...................... 11 III. CONCLUSION ................................................................................................ 13
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIES
 
CASES PAGE(s)
 Aalmuhammed v. Lee, 202 F.3d 1227 (9th Cir. 2000) ....................................................................... 10 Amini Innovation Corp. v. McFerran Home Furnishings, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13342 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 31, 2014) ............................... 7 Arthur Rutenberg Homes v. Drew Homes, Inc., 29 F.3d 1529 (11th Cir. 1994) ....................................................................... 12 Boisvert v. Wai Fun Li, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9152 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 24, 2014) ................................. 3 DuckHole Inc. v. NBC Universal Media LLLC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157305 (C.D. Cal. Sept. 6, 2013) .............................. 3 Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telegraph Serv. Co., 499 U.S. 340 (1991) ........................................................................................ 5 Fisher v. Dees, 794 F.2d 432 (9th Cir. 1986) ........................................................................... 8 Forlenza v. AT&T, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29549 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 12, 2004) ............................... 8 Garcia v. Google, Inc., 743 F.3d 1258 (9th Cir. 2014) ................................................................... 9, 10 Lorenzo Pryor, et al. v. Wyclef Jean, Case No. 13-02867 (C.D. Cal. Oct. 28, 2013) .............................................. 12 Marshall v. Huffman, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134334 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 9, 2010) .............................. 4 Metropolitan-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. v. American Honda Motor Co., 900 F. Supp. 1287 (C.D. Cal. 1995) ........................................................ 3, 4, 5
Case 2:13-cv-02449-BRO-JC Document 150 Filed 07/02/14 Page 3 of 18 Page ID #:1803

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