Realnetworks, Inc. et al v. DVD Copy Control Association, Inc. et al

Filing 75

Joinder re 72 Memorandum in Opposition, JOINDER OF DVD CCA IN MOTION PICTURE STUDIOS' OPPOSITION TO REALNETWORKS, INC. AND REALNETWORKS HOME ENTERTAINMENT, INC.'S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND by DVD Copy Control Association, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit DECLARATION OF REGINALD D. STEER IN SUPPORT OF JOINDER OF DVD CCA IN MOTION PICTURE STUDIOS' OPPOSITION TO REALNETWORKS, INC. AND REALNETWORKS HOME ENTERTAINMENT, INC.'S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND)(Steer, Reginald) (Filed on 12/1/2008)

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Realnetworks, Inc. et al v. DVD Copy Control Association, Inc. et al Doc. 75 Case3:08-cv-04548-MHP Document75 Filed12/01/08 Page1 of 3 1 REGINALD D. STEER (SBN 056324) rsteer@akingump.com 2 MARIA ELLINIKOS (SBN 235528) mellinikos@akingump.com 3 AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD LLP 580 California Street, 15th Floor 4 San Francisco, California 94104-1036 Telephone: (415) 765-9500 5 Facsimile: (415) 765-9501 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 JOINDER OF DVD CCA IN MOTION PICTURE STUDIOS' OPPOSITION TO REAL'S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND EDWARD P. LAZARUS (SBN 212658) elazarus@akingump.com STEPHEN MICK (SBN 131569) smick@akingump.com MICHAEL SMALL (SBN 222768) msmall@akingump.com AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD LLP 2029 Century Park East, Suite 2400 Los Angeles, California 90067-3012 Telephone: (310) 229-1000 Facsimile: (310) 229-1001 Attorneys for Defendant and Counterclaimant DVD COPY CONTROL ASSOCIATION, INC. WILLIAM SLOAN COATS (SBN 94864) wcoats@whitecase.com MARK WEINSTEIN (SBN 193043) mweinstein@whitecase.com MARK F. LAMBERT (SBN 197410) mlambert@whitecase.com WHITE & CASE LLP 3000 El Camino Real 5 Palo Alto Square, 9th Floor Palo Alto, California 94306 Telephone: (650) 213-0300 Facsimile: (650) 213-8158 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA REALNETWORKS, INC., a Washington Corporation; and REALNETWORKS HOME ENTERTAINMENT, INC., a Delaware corporation, Plaintiffs, v. DVD COPY CONTROL ASSOCIATION, INC., a Delaware nonprofit corporation, et al. Defendants. Case No. C08 04548 MHP Case No. C08 04719 MHP (related case) JOINDER OF DEFENDANT AND COUNTERCLAIMANT DVD COPY CONTROL ASSOCIATION, INC. IN MOTION PICTURE STUDIOS' OPPOSITION TO REALNETWORKS, INC. AND REALNETWORKS HOME ENTERTAINMENT, INC.'S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND And Related Cases Case No. C08 04548 MHP Case No. C08 04719 MHP Dockets.Justia.com Case3:08-cv-04548-MHP Document75 Filed12/01/08 Page2 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 DVD Copy Control Association, Inc. ("DVD CCA") joins in the Motion Picture Studios' Opposition to Real's Motion to Amend Declaratory Judgment Complaint and adopts the arguments and supporting evidence set forth therein, as its own. In addition, the DVD CCA categorically denies the assertion contained in the Motion for Leave to Amend filed by RealNetworks, Inc. and RealNetworks Home Entertainment, Inc. (together "Real") and the Bal Declaration filed in support of that Motion that DVD CCA "precipitously" filed its answer to Real's Complaint on October 21, 2008 in order to prevent Real from amending as of right. See 8 Motion at 5; Bal Decl., 6. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, DVD CCA answered on 9 October 21 because its Answer was due on October 20 and, in response to a request for extension from 10 DVD CCA's counsel, Real's counsel had refused to provide more than a one-day extension of time to 11 respond to the Complaint, except on conditions that were unacceptable to DVD CCA. Declaration of 12 Reginald D. Steer, 2, Exhibit A. It is also baffling that Real would accuse DVD CCA of trying to cut 13 off its right to amend when, at the time DVD CCA filed its answer, Real's counsel had never 14 mentioned that Real was considering amending its complaint and had not made known to DVD CCA 15 any information about the so-called "New Platform" that is the subject of its proposed amendment. 16 Id., 3. 17 It is unusual to oppose a motion to amend the complaint when litigation is at an early stage, but 18 this is not the usual situation. Here, the parties are working on a demanding schedule to prepare for a 19 preliminary injunction hearing involving a high-technology product. Real's proposed Amended 20 Complaint tells the reader almost nothing about the second high-technology product it wants to bring 21 into the case the"New Platform" -- other than that Real alleges it "is developing the New Platform" 22 (Proposed Amended Complaint, 11) and that it functions "like" the first product (RealDVD). Yet 23 Real wants to have the New Platform's compliance with the CSS License Agreement adjudicated on 24 the same preliminary injunction schedule as applies to RealDVD. As Real's Motion states, "Real 25 proposes to amend its Complaint for Declaratory Relief filed on September 20, 2008 ("Complaint") so 26 that the Court may determine, at the same time it adjudicates the RealDVD product, that the New 27 Platform also does not violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), 17 U.S.C. 1201, et 28 2 JOINDER OF DVD CCA IN MOTION PICTURE STUDIOS' OPPOSITION TO REAL'S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND Case No. C08 04548 MHP Case No. C08 04719 MHP Case3:08-cv-04548-MHP Document75 Filed12/01/08 Page3 of 3 1 seq or fail to comply with the standard-form CSS License Agreement to which Real is licensed." 2 Motion at 2 (emphasis added). To allow this would be unfair to DVD CCA and the Studios. Real 3 admits that, "The Court's decision as to whether Real may amend its complaint is independent from 4 the question of whether the New Platform may be considered at the preliminary injunction hearing 5 scheduled for January 27-29, 2009." Motion at 3. However, Real's assertion that both questions 6 should be answered in the affirmative is wrong. 7 The Motion to Amend should be denied because Real has offered no reason at all for its failure 8 to include the vaguely-described "New Platform" in its Complaint and because, as explained in the 9 Studios' Opposition, there is no basis for Real's proposed allegation that the DVD CCA contends that 10 the New Platform violates the CSS License Agreement. Nor can there be, because DVD CCA has 11 been left to guess what the New Platform is, what it does and how it does it. See Proposed Amendment 12 5. Indeed, Real's submission nowhere suggests that Real ever provided any description of the New 13 Platform to DVD CCA, beyond vague references to its existence. 14 On the other hand, DVD CCA respectfully submits that even if the Court were to allow the 15 requested amendment, it should not allow the preliminary injunction proceeding to be expanded to 16 include the New Platform. Having been sued by Real and having filed its own counterclaims for 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3 JOINDER OF DVD CCA IN MOTION PICTURE STUDIOS' OPPOSITION TO REAL'S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND Case No. C08 04548 MHP Case No. C08 04719 MHP breach of contract and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, DVD CCA intends to protect the integrity of its License Agreement by participating in the briefing and argument of the preliminary injunction proceedings. DVD CCA has been participating in discovery, but has not received from Real any discovery other than what has been provided to the Studios. Therefore, DVD CCA would be prejudiced for the same reasons shown by the Studios. See Studios' Opposition at 7-8. Dated: December 1, 2008 Respectfully submitted, AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD LLP WHITE & CASE LLP By /s/ Reginald D. Steer Attorneys for Defendant and Counterclaimant DVD COPY CONTROL ASSOCIATION, INC.

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