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Bezjian v. Kidsline - Pottery Barn Photo

Bezjian v. Kidsline - Pottery Barn Photo

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JONATHANM.DEER,Esq.,StateBarNo.164837
jdeer@taflaw.net
STEVENA.MORRIS,Esq.,StateBarNo.126193
morris@taflaw.net
TURNERAUBERT
&
FRIEDMAN,
LLP
8383Wilshire
Blvd,Suite510
BeverlyHills,CA90211
(323)653-3900(Telephone)(323)653-3021(Telefax)
Attorneys
for
Plaintiff
MICHAEL
J.
BEZJIAN
RUED
CLERK.U.3.DtSTBICTCOURT
20
2014
RAL
DISTRICT
OF
CALIFORNIADEPUTY
gf
UNITED
STATESDISTRICT
COURT
CENTRAL
DISTRICT
OF
CALIFORNIA
CV14-6553li/^
CASE
NO.:
COMPLAINT
FOR:
1.
CopyrightInfringement
MICHAEL
J.
BEZJIAN,
anindividual
Plaintiffs,
VS.
KIDSLINE,LLC,
a
Delawarelimited
liabilitycompany;
and
KIDS
BRANDS,
INC.,
a
Delaware
corporation,
Defendants.
2.
ContributoryCopyright
Infringement
3.
VicariousCopyright
Infringement
4.
Removal
OfCopyright
Management
Information
5.
Breach
of
Contract
7£>f
f
JURY
TRIAL
DEMANDED
PlaintiffMICHAELJ.BEZJIAN
( Bezjian )
herebybringsthiscomplaintdgainstdefendantsKIDSLINE,LLCandKIDSBRANDS,INC.,andstatesas
follows:1.ThisisanactionarisingundertheCopyrightAct,17U.S.C.§§
501
and
1202.
2.ThisCourthassubjectmatterjurisdictionovertheseclaimspursuant
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COMPLAINT
 
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to15U.S.C.§1121,and28U.S.C.§§
1331,
1338(a).
3.TheDefendantsaresubjecttopersonaljurisdictioninCalifornia.
4.
Venue
is
proper
in
this
district
under
28
U.S.C.
§
1391(b)
and
(c)and1400(a)
becausetheeventsgivingrisetothe
claims
occurredinthisdistrict,the
Defendantengaged
in
infringement
in
this
district,
andthe
Defendant
is
subject
to
personaljurisdictioninthisdistrict.
PARTIES
5.
MICHAEL
J.
BEZJIAN
( Bezjian )
isaprofessionalphotographer
whosephotographsappearinRollingStoneMagazine,NewYorkPost,Los
Angeles
Times,
CNN,
US
Magazine
and
many
otherplacesandareregularlysold
throughWireImageforuseinprintmedia,onlineandotherwise.
6.
KIDSLINE,
LLC,
( Kidsline )
isaDelawarelimitedliability
company
registeredasa
foreign
corporationinCaliforniaandwithitsprincipal
place
of
businessinCalifornia.
7.Uponinformationandbelief,KIDSBRANDS,INC.,
( Kids
Brands )
isapublicallytradedDelawarecorporationandistheparentcorporation
of
KIDSLINE,LLC,whichisitssubsidiary.8.KidsBrandssellschildren'sclothing,furniture,andaccessories
throughoutthenation,includinginCalifornia,andthroughmajorretailers
identifiedbyanumberofdifferentbrands,including Kidsline , Disney and
others,much
of
whichisdistributedthroughitssubsidiary,Kidsline.
COPYRIGHT
WORK
AT
ISSUE
9.In2009,Mr.BezjianwasrecruitedbyKidslineasanindependent
contractortophotographKidslineproducts.Kidslinerepresentedthatitwishedto
substantiallyexpanditsuseofanindependentphotographer,integratinghigh-end
photographyintoitsmarketinginamannersimilartothemajorretailchain
 PotteryBarn .Kidslineindicatedithadalimitedbudgettostart,butwouldhave
moremoneyavailableinveryshortorder.KidslineandMr.Bezjianagreedthathe
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would
start
on
a
trialbasis
ata
reducedrate
and
thatKidsline
wouldonly
have
a
limitedlicense
to
use
Mr.
Bezjian's
photography
until
a
more
permanent
arrangementwasagreeduponoruntil
Mr.
Bezjianstoppedprovidingservicesto
Kidsline.
Kidsline
represented
that
it
would
negotiate
a
more
permanent
arrangementveryshortly,butthiswouldgetthepartiesstarted.
10.
Mr.
Bezjianbeganshooting
photographs
ofdefendants'
products,including
individualproduct
shots
androom
layoutsfeaturing
defendants'
products.
Over
the
course
of
providing
these
services,
Mr.
Bezjian
sought
multipletimestonegotiatethemorepermanentarrangementwhichwouldinclude
a
buyout
ofthecopyrightsinthe
photos.
Eachtime,
Kidslinerepresentedthatit
intendedtoenterintothosenegotiationsinthenearfuture.
11.
Based
upon
Kidsline's
assurances
thatit
would
negotiate
theserights,
Mr.BezjiancontinuedtophotographKidslineproductsandinvestedaround
 150,000
in
photography
equipmentrequired
specificallyto
provide
these
services.
12.
In2012,defendantssoughttohaveMr.Bezjian'sassistantssign
agreements
which
Mr.
Bezjian
felt
soughttograntthedefendantsthecopyrightsto
futurephotographstakenbyMr.Bezjian.HeinformedKidslinethathisassistants
didnotownrightstothephotographyanddemandedthattheynotberequiredto
signtheagreements.KidslineassuredMr.Bezjianthat theintention
of
these
contractsarenottherights
of
thephotography butmerelyfortheassistants'
work.Theassistantsdidnotsigntheagreements.
13.
Mr.Bezjianmadefurtherattemptstonegotiateadealforbuyout
of
thephotographsincludingatransfer
of
thecopyrightstodefendants.Around
August
andSeptemberof
2013,
Kidslineonceagainindicatedit
would
negotiate
inthenear
future.
InJanuary
of
2014,Mr.Bezjianfollowedupagain.Once
again,Kidslineindicatedit
would
addresstheissueinthenearfuture.InMarch
of
2014,KidslineinformedMr.Bezjianthatitwouldnolongerusehisservices.
COMPLAINT

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