Cambridge University Press et al v. Patton et al

Filing 230

RESPONSE re 229 Order filed by J. L. Albert, Mark P. Becker, Kenneth R. Bernard, Jr, James A. Bishop, Frederick E. Cooper, Larry R. Ellis, Robert F. Hatcher, Felton Jenkins, W. Mansfield Jennings, Jr, James R. Jolly, Donald M. Leebern, Jr, William NeSmith, Jr, Risa Palm, Doreen Stiles Poitevint, Willis J. Potts, Jr, Wanda Yancey Rodwell, Nancy Seamans, Kessel Stelling, Jr, Benjamin J. Tarbutton, III, Richard L. Tucker, Allan Vigil, Larry Walker. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A (Maymester 2009), # 2 Exhibit B (Summer 2009), # 3 Exhibit C (Fall 2009), # 4 Exhibit D (Verification))(Quicker, Katrina)

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Cambridge University Press et al v. Patton et al Doc. 230 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA ATLANTA DIVISION CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, et al., Plaintiffs, v. MARK P. BECKER, in his official capacity as Georgia State University President, et al., Defendants. Case No. 1:08-CV-1425-ODE DEFENDANTS' RESPONSE TO PLAINTIFFS' SUPPLEMENTAL FILING Defendants MARK P. BECKER, in his official capacity as Georgia State University President, et al. (collectively, "Defendants"), hereby respond to the Court's August 11, August 12, and August 25, 2010 Orders requiring Defendants to respond to Plaintiffs' charts submitted to identify Defendants' alleged infringement of Plaintiffs' copyrighted works (Dkt. 226, 227, 229). With respect to Exhibit A (Maymester 2009), Exhibit B (Summer 2009), and Exhibit C (Fall 2009), Defendants include all of the information that Plaintiffs submitted in their Exhibits A-C, but combined several of the columns so that the resultant combined charts could be provided on single pages. -1Dockets.Justia.com With respect to the title of Defendants' Exhibits A-C, Defendants modify the Plaintiffs' description which reads "Plaintiff Works Infringed At GSU" to now read "Plaintiffs' Works Allegedly Infringed At GSU." This language more closely follows the language of the Court's August 11, 2010 Order directing Plaintiffs to identify "allegedly infringed work[s]." Dkt. 226, p. 1. With respect to Plaintiffs' column tilted "Title of Work," Defendants' Exhibits modify the description to read "Title of Work Allegedly Infringed" to more closely follow the language used by the Court. Similarly, with respect to Plaintiffs' column titled "Retail List Price (New)," Defendants' Exhibits modify the description to read "Retail List Price (New) of Allegedly Infringed Work" to again more closely follow the language used by the Court. With respect to Plaintiffs' column titled "Licensing Cost Per Student (class of 20 students, incl. $3.00 service fee), Defendants' Exhibits break those into two categories: "License Cost Per Student" and "License Cost Per Class (assume 20 students, incl. $3.00 service fee)." Defendants' Exhibits add five columns: (1) Actual Class Size (number of students enrolled), (2) Adjusted License Cost Per Class (based on Actual Class Size, incl. $3.00 service fee), (3) Whether Excerpt Was Required Reading, (4) -2- Textbooks and Coursepacks Required To Be Purchased, and (5) Defendants' Objections. With respect to the "Actual Class Size" column, information therein responds to the Court's August 25 Order directing Defendants to list "(4) how many students were enrolled in each such course during that particular semester." With respect to the "Adjusted License Cost Per Class" column, information therein revises the costs included in Plaintiffs' column titled "Licensing Cost Per Student (class of 20 students, incl. $3.00 service fee)." Specifically, the Court's August 12 Order directed Plaintiffs to "assume a class size of twenty students," and Plaintiffs described the column as "the cost for a 20-person class (including a $3.00 service fee)." Dkt. 227, p. 2. Since Defendants have provided the actual class size, the addition of the "Adjusted License Cost Per Class" column is provide to assist the Court in determining "the total amount that each instructor . . . would have had to pay in order to license each excerpt for distribution in the course . . . ." Dkt. 227, p. 1. With respect to the "Whether Excerpt Was Required Reading" column, information therein responds to the Court's August 25 Order directing Defendants to detail "(3) whether each excerpt listed was required reading for that particular course." See Dkt. 229, p. 2. -3- With respect to the "Textbooks and Coursepacks Required To Be Purchased" column, information therein responds to the Court's August 25 Order directing Defendants to list "(2) all books and coursepacks that students were required to purchase for each course." See Dkt. 229, p. 1. With respect to the "Defendants' Objections" column, information therein responds to the Court's August 25 Order directing Defendants to detail "(1) Defendants' objections to the information stated by Plaintiff with regard to each excerpt listed." See Dkt. 229, p. 1. In this column, Defendants provide the following types of objections: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) Publisher/Plaintiff reported as Licensee---not Owner; Work/Excerpt never disclosed; Excerpt never disclosed; Work/Excerpt not disclosed until SJ briefing; Work not disclosed until SJ briefing; and No students enrolled in offered course. Defendants' Objection (1) relates to Plaintiffs' failure to identify the owner of the copyright and instead lists the publisher as a licensee. The Court's August 11 Order directed Plaintiffs to identify "[t]he owner of the copyright for that work" and not merely the licensee. Dkt. 226, p. 1. Plaintiffs have not provided -4- Defendants with copies of these license agreements in discovery, and as such, Defendants are unable to determine whether ownership of the copyrights has been transferred to Plaintiffs. Defendants' Objection (2) relates to Plaintiffs' failure to ever identify in any discovery response or pleading the work or the excerpt as being used in the semester. Defendants' Objection (3) relates to Plaintiffs' failure to ever describe the excerpt as being used in the semester. This objection is provided where Plaintiffs only described the work without specifying which excerpts were used. Defendants' Objection (4) relates to Plaintiffs' failure to disclose during discovery the work or excerpt as being used in the semester. This objection is asserted where the work and excerpt information was provided to Defendants for the first time during Plaintiffs' summary judgment briefing. Defendants' Objection (5) relates to Plaintiffs' failure to disclose during discovery the work as being used in the semester. This objection is provided where the work was disclosed for the first time during Plaintiffs' summary judgment briefing. Defendants' Objection (6) relates to courses in which no students enrolled and thus ultimately no students were taught. -5- The Court's August 25 Order directs Defendants to list "(5) the total number of courses that were taught in each of the following semesters: Maymester 2009, Spring 2009, and Summer 2009." Based on the fact that the previous August 11, 2010 and August 12, 2010 Orders, as well as the first paragraph of the Court's August 25, 2010 Order are directed to Maymester 2009, Summer 2009, and Fall 2009, Defendants believe that the Court is requesting the total number of courses that were taught in Maymester 2009, Summer 2009, and Fall 2009 (rather than Spring 2009). If Defendants' understanding is incorrect, Defendants will supplement this filing accordingly. Further, Georgia State University's (GSU) electronic course tracking system does not separate the Maymester 2009 academic period information from the Summer 2009 academic period information. Similarly, the GSU computer system only tracks the courses that were offered (rather than those courses that were actually taught). If a course was offered, but no students enrolled, the course was ultimately not taught. The system does not electronically delete such courses. Defendants can, however, manually separate the Maymester 2009 information from the Summer 2009 information and can manually delete courses that were offered but not taught. Because that must be done manually, the -6- information was not reportable at the time of this filing. In particular, the number of printed pages summarizing the course schedule for Maymester 2009/Summer 2009 is 371 pages and for Fall 2009 is 731 pages. Defendants are reviewing the 1,102 pages and will supplement promptly this filing after the completion of these manual tasks. Thus, the following information obtained from the course tracking electronic system is as follows: Total Number of Courses Maymester 2009/Summer 2009: 3,370 Fall 2009: 6,949 In addition, the number of textbooks (new and used) sold to students by the GSU Bookstore and the approximate dollar amount of such sales is as follows: Spring 2009: 42,049 text books sold ($2,819,000.00)--29,459 new and 12,590 used. Maymester 2009/Summer 2009: 12,296 text books sold ($813,000.00)--6,342 new and 5,954 used. Fall 2009: 51,631 text books sold ($3,596,000.00)--37,073 new and 14,558 used. -7- Respectfully submitted this 30th day of August, 2010. THURBERT E. BAKER Attorney General R. O. LERER Deputy Attorney General 033887 446962 DENISE E. WHITING-PACK 558559 Senior Assistant Attorney General MARY JO VOLKERT Georgia Bar No. 728755 Assistant Attorney General Anthony B. Askew Georgia Bar No. 025300 Special Assistant Attorney General Stephen M. Schaetzel Georgia Bar No. 628653 Kristen A. Swift Georgia Bar No. 702536 KING & SPALDING LLP /s/ Katrina M. Quicker Katrina M. Quicker Georgia Bar No. 590859 BALLARD SPAHR LLP Attorneys for Defendants -8- CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE I hereby certify, pursuant to L.R. 5.1B and 7.1D of the Northern District of Georgia, that the foregoing Defendants' Response to Plaintiffs' Supplemental Filing complies with the font and point selections approved by the Court in L.R. 5.1B. The foregoing pleading was prepared on a computer using 14-point Times New Roman font. /s/ Katrina M. Quicker________ Katrina M. Quicker IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA ATLANTA DIVISION CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, et al., Plaintiffs, v. MARK P. BECKER, in his official capacity as Georgia State University President, et al., Defendants. Case No. 1:08-CV-1425-ODE CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE The undersigned hereby certifies that, on this 30th day of August, 2010, I have electronically filed the foregoing Defendants' Response to Plaintiffs' Supplemental Filing with the Clerk of the Court using the CM/ECF system, which will automatically send e-mail notification of such filing to the following attorneys of record: Atlanta #1096981 v1 Edward B. Krugman krugman@bmelaw.com Georgia Bar No. 429927 Corey F. Hirokawa hirokawa@bmelaw.com Georgia Bar No. 357087 John H. Rains IV Georgia Bar No. 556052 BONDURANT, MIXSON & ELMORE, LLP 1201 West Peachtree Street NW Suite 3900 Atlanta, GA 30309 Telephone: (404) 881-4100 Facsimile: (404) 881-4111 R. Bruce Rich Randi Singer Todd D. Larson WEIL, GOTSHAL & MANGES LLP 767 Fifth Avenue New York, New York 10153 Telephone: (212) 310-8000 Facsimile: (212) 310-8007 /s/ Katrina M. Quicker________ Katrina M. Quicker Atlanta #1096981 v1 3