Viacom International, Inc. et al v. Youtube, Inc. et al

Filing 21

ANSWER to Complaint. Document filed by Youtube, Inc., Youtube, LLC, Google, Inc..(Klausner, Tonia Maria)

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Viacom International, Inc. et al v. Youtube, Inc. et al Doc. 21 Case 1:07-cv-02103-LLS Document 21 Filed 04/30/2007 Page 1 of 12 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK VIACOM INTERNATIONAL INC., COMEDY PARTNERS, COUNTRY MUSIC TELEVISION, INC., PARAMOUNT PICTURES CORPORATION, And BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION LLC, Plaintiffs, v. YOUTUBE, INC., YOUTUBE, LLC, and GOOGLE INC. Defendants. ECF Case No. 1:07-cv-02103 (LLS) (FM) DEFENDANTS' ANSWER AND DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL Viacom's complaint in this action challenges the careful balance established by Congress when it enacted the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The DMCA balances the rights of copyright holders and the need to protect the internet as an important new form of communication. By seeking to make carriers and hosting providers liable for internet communications, Viacom's complaint threatens the way hundreds of millions of people legitimately exchange information, news, entertainment, and political and artistic expression. Google and YouTube respect the importance of intellectual property rights, and not only comply with their safe harbor obligations under the DMCA, but go well above and beyond what the law requires. Defendants YouTube, Inc., YouTube, LLC and Google Inc. (collectively, "Defendants"), by their undersigned attorneys, hereby answer Plaintiffs' Viacom International Inc., Comedy Partners, Country Music Television, Inc., Paramount Pictures Corporation, and Black Dockets.Justia.com Case 1:07-cv-02103-LLS Document 21 Filed 04/30/2007 Page 2 of 12 Entertainment Television LLC (all collectively, "Plaintiffs") Complaint For Declaratory and Injunctive Relief and Damages (the "Complaint") as follows: INTRODUCTION 1. Defendants admit that the internet has had a significant impact on the way in which Americans inform and entertain themselves. Defendants are without information sufficient to form a belief as to the remaining allegations of paragraph 1 of the Complaint, in part because such allegations are not simple, concise and direct averments as required by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8(e), and on that basis Defendants deny such allegations. 2. 3. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 2 of the Complaint. Defendants admit that the website located at www.youtube.com is a forum for users to share their own original "user generated" video content. Defendants are without sufficient knowledge or information to confirm that Dow Jones reported the information averred in paragraph 3 of the Complaint, and therefore deny it. Defendants deny the remaining allegations in paragraph 3 of the Complaint. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 4 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 5 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 6 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 7 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 8 of the Complaint. Defendants admit that Google purchased YouTube Inc. for $1.65 billion. Defendants deny the remaining allegations of paragraph 9 of the Complaint. 10. Defendants admit that Plaintiffs seek a declaration of willful infringement, a permanent injunction and damages, but deny that Plaintiffs are entitled to any such relief. Defendants deny the remaining allegations of paragraph 10 of the Complaint. -2- Case 1:07-cv-02103-LLS Document 21 Filed 04/30/2007 Page 3 of 12 JURISDICTION AND VENUE 11. Defendants admit that the Complaint purports to state a claim for damages and injunctive relief for copyright infringement, but deny that Plaintiffs are entitled to any such relief and otherwise deny the allegations of paragraph 11 of the Complaint. 12. matter. 13. Defendants admit this Court has personal jurisdiction over them for purposes of Defendants admit that this Court has original subject matter jurisdiction over this this action. Defendants admit that Google maintains an office and employs personnel in New York and this District, and is thus physically present in the state. Defendants are without sufficient knowledge or information to form a belief as to the truth of the allegations that Plaintiffs Viacom International Inc. and Comedy Partners have their principal places of business in New York and in this District, and therefore deny them. Defendants deny the remaining allegations of paragraph 13 of the Complaint. 14. Defendants admit that venue is proper in this District. PLAINTIFFS AND PLAINTIFFS' BUSINESSES 15. Defendants are without sufficient knowledge or information to form a belief as to the truth of the allegations in paragraph 15 of the Complaint, and therefore deny them. 16. Defendants are without sufficient knowledge or information to form a belief as to the truth of the allegations in paragraph 16 of the Complaint, and therefore deny them. 17. Defendants are without sufficient knowledge or information to form a belief as to the truth of the allegations in paragraph 17 of the Complaint, and therefore deny them. 18. Defendants are without sufficient knowledge or information to form a belief as to the truth of the allegations in paragraph 18 of the Complaint, and therefore deny them. -3- Case 1:07-cv-02103-LLS Document 21 Filed 04/30/2007 Page 4 of 12 19. Defendants are without sufficient knowledge or information to form a belief as to the truth of the allegations in paragraph 19 of the Complaint, and therefore deny them. 20. Defendants are without sufficient knowledge or information to form a belief as to the truth of the allegations in paragraph 20 of the Complaint, and therefore deny them. 21. Defendants are without sufficient knowledge or information to form a belief as to the truth of the allegations in paragraph 21 of the Complaint, and therefore deny them. 22. Defendants are without sufficient knowledge or information to form a belief as to the truth of the allegations in paragraph 22 of the Complaint, and therefore deny them. 23. Defendants deny the allegations in paragraph 23 of the Complaint. DEFENDANTS 24. 25. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 24 of the Complaint. Defendants admit that YouTube LLC is a Delaware limited liability company with its principal place of business in San Bruno, California. Defendants otherwise deny the allegations of Paragraph 25. 26. Defendants admit that YouTube LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Google Inc. ("Google"), and that Google Inc. is a Delaware corporation with it principal place of business in Mountain View, California. Defendants further admit that Google has a place of business in the State of New York, in this judicial district, and that Google acquired YouTube, Inc. for $1.65 billion in a transaction announced on October 9, 2006 and closed on November 13, 2006. Defendants deny any remaining allegations of Paragraph 26. 27. Defendants admit that YouTube LLC and Google today operate an online service called "YouTube" which can be accessed at the website www.youtube.com, and that the service is popular. Defendants deny the remaining allegations in paragraph 27 of the Complaint. -4- Case 1:07-cv-02103-LLS Document 21 Filed 04/30/2007 Page 5 of 12 28. Defendants admit that Google's press release announcing that it had closed its acquisition of YouTube quoted Chad Hurley, CEO and Co-Founder of YouTube, as saying, "The community will remain the most important part of YouTube and we are staying on the same course we set out nearly one year ago." Defendants admit that Google's website includes a capability for users to search for video clips and receive search results that include links to clips on YouTube. Defendants deny the remaining allegations in paragraph 28 of the Complaint. NATURE OF THE ACTION 29. Paragraph 29 of the Complaint states legal conclusions as to which no responsive pleading is required. To the extent a response is required, Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 29 of the Complaint. 30. Defendants admit that paragraph 30 of the Complaint quotes small excerpts from a YouTube, Inc. Press Release dated December 15, 2005. Defendants admit that YouTube encourages users to upload video clips to the service that the users have the right to upload, and that clips uploaded to the service are typically available for viewing free of charge by members of the public who have internet access. Defendants deny the remaining allegations in paragraph 30 of the Complaint. 31. Defendants admit that when a user uploads a video to the YouTube service, the video is copied into a software format, stored on YouTube's computers, and made available for viewing through the YouTube service. Defendants admit that users of the YouTube service can search for videos stored on the service by entering a search query, and that they will receive a list of thumbnails single frame images of video clips stored on the service identified in response to that search query. Defendants admit that the purpose of these thumbnails is to help users find what they are searching for. Defendants deny the remaining allegations of paragraph 31 of the Complaint. -5- Case 1:07-cv-02103-LLS Document 21 Filed 04/30/2007 Page 6 of 12 32. 33. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 32 of the Complaint Defendants admit that a YouTube user can send another person an email message containing a link to a video clip stored on the YouTube service, and that if the recipient of the email message clicks on the link the recipient will be able to view the video clip on the YouTube service. Defendants deny the remaining allegations of paragraph 33 of the Complaint. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 34 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 35 of the Complaint Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 36 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 37 of the Complaint. Defendants admit that YouTube users must agree to Terms of Use prior to posting video clips to YouTube's service. Defendants admit that the Terms of Use contain certain content-based restrictions on the types of videos users may upload and store on the service, and that YouTube reserves the right to remove from the service material uploaded in violation of YouTube's Terms of Use. Defendants admit that paragraph 38 quotes an excerpt from YouTube's Terms of Use. Defendants deny the remaining allegations in paragraph 38 of the Complaint. 39. Defendants admit that YouTube has sent letters to third parties in which it accused them of enabling users to make unauthorized use of the YouTube service. Defendants deny the remaining allegations of paragraph 39 of the Complaint. 40. Defendants admit that the YouTube service provides copyright protection tools that help copyright owners find clips that users have uploaded that the copyright holders may contend infringe their copyrights. Defendants further admit that these tools can prevent the reloading of copies of the same video clip after it has been removed from YouTube's service -6- Case 1:07-cv-02103-LLS Document 21 Filed 04/30/2007 Page 7 of 12 following notice of alleged infringement from a copyright holder. Defendants deny the remaining allegations of paragraph 40 of the Complaint. 41. 42. 43. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 41 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 42 of the Complaint. Defendants admit that the YouTube service enables users to limit the audience of persons able to see video clips they upload to the service. Defendants admit that following Google's acquisition of the YouTube service, the user search function on the service now identifies no more than 1,000 video clips for any given search by a user. Defendants deny the remaining allegations of paragraph 43 of the Complaint. 44. 45. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 44 of the Complaint. Defendants admit that Google CEO Eric Schmidt stated in a media interview that Google would offer anti-piracy technologies. Defendants deny the remaining allegations of paragraph 45 of the Complaint ANSWER TO CLAIMS FOR RELIEF COUNT I 46. forth herein. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 47 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 48 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 49 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 50 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 51 of the Complaint. Defendants incorporate by reference their responses to paragraphs 1-45 as if set -7- Case 1:07-cv-02103-LLS Document 21 Filed 04/30/2007 Page 8 of 12 COUNT II 52. forth herein. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 53 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 54 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 55 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 56 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 57 of the Complaint. COUNT III 58. forth herein. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 59 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 60 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 61 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 62 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 63 of the Complaint. COUNT IV 64. forth herein. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 65 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 66 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 67 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 68 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 69 of the Complaint. Defendants incorporate by reference their responses to paragraphs 1-63 as if set Defendants incorporate by reference their responses to paragraphs 1-57 as if set Defendants incorporate by reference their responses to paragraphs 1-51 as if set -8- Case 1:07-cv-02103-LLS Document 21 Filed 04/30/2007 Page 9 of 12 70. 71. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 70 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 71 of the Complaint. COUNT V 72. forth herein. 73. 74. 75. 76. 77. 78. 79. 80. Defendants incorporate by reference their responses to paragraphs 1-71 as if set Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 73 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 74 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 75 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 76 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 77 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 78 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 79 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 80 of the Complaint. COUNT VI 81. forth herein. 82. 83. 84. 85. 86. 87. 88. 89. Defendants incorporate by reference their responses to paragraphs 1-80 as if set Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 82 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 83 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 84 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 85 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 86 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 87 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 88 of the Complaint. Defendants deny the allegations of paragraph 89 of the Complaint. -9- Case 1:07-cv-02103-LLS Document 21 Filed 04/30/2007 Page 10 of 12 DEFENSES FIRST DEFENSE (DMCA SAFE HARBORS) Plaintiffs' claims are barred in whole or in part because Defendants are protected by one or more of the DMCA Safe Harbors in 17 U.S.C. 512. SECOND DEFENSE (LICENSE) Plaintiffs' claims are barred in whole or in part by licenses, express and implied, granted or authorized to be granted by Plaintiffs. THIRD DEFENSE (FAIR USE) Plaintiffs' claims are barred in whole or in part by the doctrine of fair use. FOURTH DEFENSE (FAILURE TO MITIGATE) Plaintiffs' claims are barred in whole or in part because Plaintiffs have failed to mitigate their damages, if any. FIFTH DEFENSE (FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM) Plaintiffs' allegations fail to state a claim for copyright infringement of any work not listed on Exhibit A of the Complaint. SIXTH DEFENSE (INNOCENT INTENT) Plaintiffs' damages, if any, are limited by Defendants' innocent intent. SEVENTH DEFENSE (COPYRIGHT MISUSE) Plaintiffs' claims are barred in whole or in part by the doctrine of copyright misuse. EIGHTH DEFENSE (ESTOPPEL) Plaintiffs' claims are barred in whole or in part by the doctrine of estoppel. NINTH DEFENSE (WAIVER) Plaintiffs' claims are barred in whole or in part by the doctrine of waiver. -10- Case 1:07-cv-02103-LLS Document 21 Filed 04/30/2007 Page 11 of 12 TENTH DEFENSE (UNCLEAN HANDS) Plaintiffs' claims are barred in whole or in part by the doctrine of unclean hands. ELEVENTH DEFENSE (LACHES) Plaintiffs' claims are barred in whole or in part by the doctrine of laches. TWELFTH DEFENSE (SUBSTANTIAL NON-INFRINGING USE) Plaintiffs' claims are barred in whole or in part based on the doctrine of substantial noninfringing use, although Defendants submit Plaintiffs bear the burden of proving the doctrine's inapplicability. RELIEF REQUESTED WHEREFORE, Defendants respectfully request the following relief: 1. A judgment in favor of Defendants denying Plaintiffs all relief requested in their Complaint in this action and dismissing Plaintiffs' Complaint with prejudice; 2. fees; and; 3. That the Court award Defendants such other and further relief as the Court deems That Defendants be awarded their costs of suit, including reasonable attorney's just and proper. DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL In accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 38(b), Defendants demand a trial by jury on all issues so triable. Date: April 30, 2007 Respectfully submitted, s/ Jonathan M. Jacobson (JJ-0605) Tonia Ouellette Klausner (TOK-8279) WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION 1301 Avenue of the Americas, 40th Floor New York, New York 10019 (212) 999-5800 -11- Case 1:07-cv-02103-LLS Document 21 Filed 04/30/2007 Page 12 of 12 David H. Kramer* WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION 650 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, CA 94304 (650) 493-9300 Philip S. Beck* Mark S. Ouweleen* Shayna S. Cook* Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP Courthouse Place 54 W. Hubbard St. Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 494-4400 (*pro hac vice admission to be requested) Attorneys for Defendants YouTube, Inc., YouTube, LLC and Google Inc. -12-