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Agence France Presse v. Morel, 1:10-cv-02730 (S.D.N.Y. July 22, 2010) (motion to dismiss)

Agence France Presse v. Morel, 1:10-cv-02730 (S.D.N.Y. July 22, 2010) (motion to dismiss)

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AFP is involved in a dispute with a photographer where the photographer alleges AFP took his photos without permission. In a motion to dismiss, AFP argues that its use was authorized by the license terms for Twitpic and Twitter.
AFP is involved in a dispute with a photographer where the photographer alleges AFP took his photos without permission. In a motion to dismiss, AFP argues that its use was authorized by the license terms for Twitpic and Twitter.

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Published by: Venkat Balasubramani on Oct 02, 2010
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTSOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE,Plaintiff,v.DANIEL MORELDefendant and CounterclaimPlaintiff,v.AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE,Counterclaim Defendant,AndGETTY IMAGES (US), INC., CBS BROADCASTINGINC., ABC, INC., TURNER BROADCASTINGSYSTEM, INC.and (AFP and Getty Licensees does 1 – et al.).Third Party CounterclaimDefendants.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -X:::::::::::::::::::::::::X
Case No. 10-cv-2730 (WHP)MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN SUPPORT OFPLAINTIFF-COUNTERCLAIM DEFENDANT AND THIRD PARTY COUNTERCLAIMDEFENDANTS’ MOTION TO DISMISS DEFENDANT-COUNTERCLAIM PLAINTIFF’SSECOND AMENDED COUNTERCLAIMS
Case 1:10-cv-02730-WHP Document 33 Filed 07/22/10 Page 1 of 39
 
 
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 PagePRELIMINARY STATEMENT ………………………………………………………. 1STATEMENT OF PLEADED FACTS ……………………………………………… 3The Parties ……………………………………………………………………………. 3The Haiti Photographs and Online Posting ………………………………………… 3Distribution of Photographs …………………………………………………………. 4LEGAL STANDARD ………………………………………………………………….. 5ARGUMENT ………………………………………………………………………….. 71. AFP Moves to Dismiss the First Counterclaim forCopyright Infringement ………………………………………………. 72. AFP Moves to Dismiss the Second Counterclaim forContributory Copyright Infringement ………………………………. 143. AFP and Getty Images Move to Dismiss the FourthCounterclaim for Violation of the DMCA (17 U.S.C. § 1202(a))and AFP, TBS, Inc., Getty Images, CBS and ABC All Move toDismiss the Fifth Counterclaim for Violation of the DMCA(17 U.S.C. § 1202(b)) ………………………………………………… 15A. The TwitPic Images Allegedly Copied by CounterclaimDefendants Did Not Contain Any CMI ……………………… 15i. The Exhibits to Morel’s Claims Demonstrate theComplete Absence of CMI …………………………… 16ii. The Notations on Morel’s TwitPic Page Do NotConstitute CMI ………………………………………… 17B. Morel Cannot State a Claim Under Section 1202(b)Because No CMI Was Removed …………………………… 20C. Morel Cannot State a Claim Under Section 1202(a)Because He Cannot Adequately Plead Any of theRequisite Elements For Such a Claim ……………………… 22
Case 1:10-cv-02730-WHP Document 33 Filed 07/22/10 Page 2 of 39
 
 
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Page4. AFP and Getty Images Move to Dismiss the SixthCounterclaim for False or Misleading Representationof Fact (15 U.S.C. § 1125(a)(1)) ……………………………………. 245. AFP and Getty Images Move to Dismiss the SeventhCounterclaim for False Advertising (15 U.S.C. § 1125(a)(2)) …….. 276. ABC and CBS Move to Dismiss the Eighth and Ninth Claimfor Secondary Copyright Liability ……………………………………. 297. TBS Inc. Moves to Dismiss the Tenth Claim for DirectCopyright Infringement ……………………………………………… 31
CONCLUSION
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Case 1:10-cv-02730-WHP Document 33 Filed 07/22/10 Page 3 of 39

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