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DVD COpy CONTROL ASSOCIATION'S NOTICE OF MOTION TO DISMISS APPEAL FOR MOOTNESS
WEn...GOTSHAL& MANGESUP JARED B. BOBROW (BarNo. 133712) CHRISTOPHER COX J. (BarNo. 151650) KIMBERLY A. SCHMITT (Bar No. 203600) 201 Redwood ShoresParkway Redwood Shores,California 94065 Telephone: (650) 802-3000 Facsimile: (650) 802-3100 ~ GOTSHAL& MANGES LLP ROBERTG. SUGARMAN. GREGORYS.COLEMAN.. 767 Fifth Avenue New Yark, New Yark 101 S3 Telephone:(212) 310-8000 Facsimile: (212) 310-8007

Attorneys for Plaintlff~Respondent DVD COpy CONTROL ASSOCIATION, INC.

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Pursuant to California Ru1es Court 41, DVD Copy Control of

Association,Inc. ("DVD CCA") herebyrespectfullyrequests this Courtissue that
an order dismissing as moot the appealnow pending in the above-captionedmatter (the "Appeal"). 1 The Appeal was brought by Bunner to contest an order granting

in part DVD CCA'5 requestfor a preliminaryinjunctionagainstBunnerand others; the 2. PJaintiffDVD CCA hasnow voluntarily dismissed complaintin the superiorcourt,therebyextinguishing preliminaryinjunction; the

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The issuebeforethis Court- whetherthe preliminaryinjunction

was correctly issued- is therefore moot.

WHEREFORE,DVD CCA herebyrequests this Court issuean that orderdismissingasmoot the appealcurrentlypendingbeforeit in this matter.
Dated:January 21,2004.

WEn.., GOTSHAL MANGES & LLP Silicon Valley Office
201 Redwood ShoresParkway Redwood Shores,CA 94065 Tel~hone: (650) 802-3000 FacsImile: (650) 802-3100 IT IS SO ORDERED

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Appellate CaseNo.: 8021153 COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA slXm APPELLATE DISTRICT DVD COpy CONTROL ASSOCIATION, INC.,
PlaiDtiffs- Respo n den t,

v. ANDREW BUNNER Defendant-Appellant. Appeal from the Superior Court of the Stateof California County of SantaClara, Honorable William J. Elfving, Presiding Judge CaseNo. CV-786804

MEMORANDUM OF POINfS AND AUTHORITIES IN SUPPORTOF DVD COpy CONTROL ASSOCIATION'S MOTION TO DISMISS APPEAL AS MOOT
WEn..,GOTSHAL& MANGESUP JARED B. BOBROW (BarNo. 133712) CHR.ISTOPHER COX J. (BarNo. 151650) KIMBERLY A. SCHMI1T (Bar No. 203600) 201 Redwood ShoresParkway Redwood Shores,California 94065 TelephoD~: (650) 802-3000 Facsimile: (650) 802-3100 WE~ GOTSHAL& MANORSLLP ROBERTG. SUGARMAN. GREGORYS. COLEMAN..

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Pursuantto Rule 41 of the California Rules of Court, DVD Copy

Control Association,Inc. ("DVD CCA") by andthroughthe undersigned counsel herebysubmitsthis Memorandum PointsandAuthoritiesin Supportof its of Motion to Dismissthe Appealin the above-captioned matterasmoot.

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The Appeal Should Be DismissedAs Moot

them asmoot whenthe underlyingsuperiorcourt actionis resolved dismissed) or

Creek Care Center. 108 CaJ.App.4th13. 133 CaJ.Rptr.2d (5th Dist. 2003); People v. Aurelio R, 167 Cal.App.3d 52,212 Cal.Rptr. 868 (2nd Dist. 1985).1

The appeal now beforethis Court wasbroughtby Bunnerto contest the issuance a preliminaryinjunctionby the SuperiorCourt for SantaClara of County in the, underlyingaction. DVD CCA hasnow voluntarily dismissed that

moot. The dismissal moot appeals of restson the bedrocklegal principle
that courts should not render advisory opinionsJbut only opinions on actual controversiesripe for adjudication. Coleman v. Department of Personnel

1 ~ ~ In Re Rav GordonDavenDorl40 F.3d 298, 299-300(9th Cir. 1994);US. v. Ford, 650 F.2d 1141) 1142-43 (9d1Cir. 1981).

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Administration, (1991) 52 Cat.3d 1102, 1126,278 Cal.Rptr. 346; Lynch v. Superior Court (1970) 1 Cat.3d 910, 912.83 Cal.Rptr. 670; Donato v. Board of
Barber Examiners, 56 CaI.App.2d 916,133 P.2d 490 (2nd Dist. 1943); As stAted

by the court in Donato: '7he task entrusted us is to decidecases; rendition to the of opinionsis but an incidentto the perfonnance thattask." of
On rare occasionsappellate courts retain and decide appealsthat are

moot,but only "wherethe issues importantandof continuinginterest." See are Burch v. George,7 Cal.4th246,253 n.4 (1994),866P.2d92,96 n.4(dealing
addressing whether state will and trust rules were preempted byfederal ERISA

laws),. Jasperson v. Jesstca'sNail Clinic, 216 Cal.App.3d 1099,265 Cal.Rptr. 30 (dealingwith d1e validity of AIDS anti-discrimination statutes); Derondev. The
Regents Of The University Of California, 28 Cat.3d 875,625 P.2d 220, 172

CaJ.Rptr. (1981)(dealingwith affinnative actionin collegeadmissions).That 677
is not the casehere. The issues be resolved this appeal to on dealwith the

particularfactsof this particularcase-- whetherth~degree public (i) of
dissemination of the uade secretswhich are the subject of the injunction issued

below had extinguished theirtradesecretstatus;(ii) whetherthe efforts of the plaintiff in this caseto preserve secrecy the tradesecrets the of were adequate; and (Iii) whetherthis defendant knew or hadreason know that the tradesecrets to he publishedwere obtained impropermeans.These by issues not "important and are
of continuing interest." .Moreover, this caseis only at the preliminary injunction

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stage. As a resu1t record.necessarily. not aswell developed would be a the is as

recordafter discoveryanda trial on the merits. This court shouldnot be reviewing
this caseon the basis of a less d1anfully developedrecord. Finally> in most of the casesin which the courts have rendereddecisions despitethe mootnessof the matter, it bas been at the request of both parties to the litigation. Obviously, that is not the casehere.
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For all the foregoing reasons,it is respectfully submitted that this

appealshouldbe dismissed. Dated:January 21,2004 WElL, GOTSHAL & MANGES LLP SiliconValley Office
201 Redwood ShoresParkway Redwood Shores.CA 94065 Telephone:

By: CHRISTOPHER. J. 151650) ROBERTG. SUGARMAN GEOFFREY BERMAN D. WBll.., GOTSHAL & MANGES LLP 767Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10153
Attorneysfor Plaintiff DVD COpy CONTROLASSOCIATION,INC.

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