O'Reilly v. Valley Entertainment, Inc. et al

Filing 51

ORDER RE SUPPLEMENTAL EVIDENCE. By no later than 11/3/2010, Plaintiff shall submit further supplemental declaration in support of 39 MOTION for Default Judgment as to Defendant St. Clair Entertainment Group. Previously scheduled date of 11/3/2010 for further hearing on 39 MOTION for Default has been CONTINUED to 12/9/2010 11:00 AM, Courtroom 4, 3rd Fl., Oakland. Signed by Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu on 10/20/2010. (dmrlc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 10/20/2010)

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O'Reilly v. Valley Entertainment, Inc. et al Doc. 51 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California MELANIE O'REILLY, Plaintiff, v. VALLEY ENTERTAINMENT, INC., et al., Defendants. ____________________________________/ No. C-09-03580-CW (DMR) ORDER RE SUPPLEMENTAL EVIDENCE 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 This Court is in receipt of Plaintiff's Supplemental Brief and Declaration in Support of Request for Entry of Default Judgment Against St. Clair Entertainment Group, Inc. ("St Clair"). See Docket No. 49 ("Supplemental Brief and Declaration"). At the hearing on September 9, 2010, the Court ordered Plaintiff to submit, inter alia, supplemental briefing and evidentiary support regarding ownership of the works at issue and the foundational facts triggering protection under the U.S. Copyright Act. In her Supplemental Brief and Declaration, Plaintiff appears to claim her songs at issue are foreign works, and cites 17 U.S.C. 104(b)(1), (2), and (3) in her Supplemental Brief. "[N]ecessary facts not contained in the pleadings, and claims which are legally insufficient, are not established by default." Cripps v. Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., 980 F.2d 1261, 1267 (9th Cir. 1992). Neither Plaintiff's complaint nor her Supplemental Brief and Declaration appear to set forth all the necessary facts to establish protection as a foreign work under 17 U.S.C. 104(b)(1), (2), or Dockets.Justia.com 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (3). Plaintiff will be permitted one more opportunity to provide a further supplemental declaration that contains all the facts necessary to establish protection under 17 U.S.C. 104(b)(1), (2), or (3). Accordingly, by no later than November 3, 2010, Plaintiff shall file and serve a further supplemental declaration on this point. Because "facts which are not established by the pleadings...or claims which are not wellpleaded, are not binding and cannot support the [default] judgment," see Danning v. Lavine, 572 F.2d 1386, 1388 (9th Cir. 1978), any additional facts attested to in Plaintiff's further supplemental declaration shall be subject to further examination by the Court at the hearing on this matter. To allow Plaintiff the opportunity to submit her further supplemental declaration as ordered herein, and due to the fact that Plaintiff's counsel represents he is double-set for arbitration and trial on other matters starting on November 15, 2010, the previously scheduled date of November 3, 2010 for further hearing on Plaintiff's Motion for Default as to Defendant St. Clair has been CONTINUED to December 9, 2010 at 11:00 a.m., in Courtroom 4, 3rd Floor, U.S. District Court, 1301 Clay Street, Oakland, California 94612. Immediately upon receipt of this order, Plaintiff shall serve a copy of this order on Defendant St. Clair, and file a proof of service with the Court. At the same time Plaintiff's further supplemental declaration as ordered herein is submitted to the Court, Plaintiff shall serve Defendant St. Clair with a copy and file a proof of service with the Court. Service by Plaintiff may be made by mail. The Court notes that Plaintiff has failed to comply with the Court's previous order to file a proof of service with the Court, see Docket No. 48, and Plaintiff is therefore ordered to immediately comply with the Court's previous order. IT IS SO ORDERED. United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Dated: October 20, 2010 DONNA M. RYU United States Magistrate Judge 2

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