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Defendants Motion for Judgment on Pleadings

Defendants Motion for Judgment on Pleadings

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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
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)
NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION FOR JUDGMENT ON THE PLEADINGS AS TO PLAINTIFFS’ FOURTH AMENDED COMPLAINT; MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES
Hearing: Date: July 14, 2014 Time: 1:30 p.m. Courtroom: 14 (Notice of Lodging, Request for Judicial Notice and Declaration of Ilene S. Farkas filed concurrently)
Fourth Amended Complaint filed February 21, 2014
TRENA STEWARD,
et al.
, Plaintiffs, v. KANYE WEST,
et al.
, Defendants. )))))))))))))))))))))))
Case 2:13-cv-02449-BRO-JC Document 125 Filed 06/16/14 Page 1 of 36 Page ID #:1476
 
 
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TO THE COURT, ALL PARTIES AND THEIR ATTORNEYS OF RECORD: PLEASE TAKE NOTICE
that, on July 14, 2014, at 1:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as this matter may be heard before the Honorable Beverly Reid O’Connell of the above-entitled Court, located at 312 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, California 90012, Courtroom 14, 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 (collectively, “Defendants”), will and hereby do move this Court for Judgment in their favor on the pleadings in this action on the following grounds: (a) Plaintiffs fail to state a claim for copyright infringement as a matter of law because (i) the recording snippets at issue lack sufficient originality to be protectable, and (ii) even assuming,
arguendo
, that the snippets are protectable, Defendants’ alleged uses were
de minimis
; (b) Plaintiffs’ claim for secondary copyright infringement fails because they cannot allege secondary liability without direct infringement; (c) Plaintiffs’ claims for declaratory relief of co-authorship fail because Plaintiffs fail to allege any of the requisite elements for the claims, and in any event the claims are barred by the statute of limitations; and (d) Plaintiffs’ demands for statutory damages and attorneys’ fees are barred as a matter of law. This Motion will be based on this Notice of Motion and Motion, the Memorandum of Points and Authorities, the concurrently-filed Request for Judicial Notice, Declaration of Ilene S. Farkas and Notice of Lodging, the pleadings and papers on file herein, all other matters of which the Court may take judicial notice and upon such other or further material as may be presented at or before the hearing on this matter.
Case 2:13-cv-02449-BRO-JC Document 125 Filed 06/16/14 Page 2 of 36 Page ID #:1477
 
 
2 12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728This Motion is made following the conference of counsel pursuant to L.R. 7-3, which took place on May 20, 2014.
PRYOR
 
CASHMAN
 
LLP
Dated: June 16 2014 B:
 /s/ Michael J. Niborski
Michael J. Niborski
mniborski@pryorcashman.com  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
Case 2:13-cv-02449-BRO-JC Document 125 Filed 06/16/14 Page 3 of 36 Page ID #:1478

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