IO Group, Inc. v. Veoh Networks, Inc.

Filing 88

Defendant Veoh Networks, Inc 's Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment re 78 by Veoh Networks, Inc. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Ted Dunning in Support of Veoh's Opposition# 2 Declaration of Matthew Scherb in Support of Veoh's Opposition)(Scherb, Matthew) (Filed on 8/14/2007) Text modified on 8/15/2007 to conform to document caption post by counsel (bw, COURT STAFF).

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Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 1 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 Michael S. Elkin (admitted pro hac vice) WINSTON & STRAWN LLP 200 Park Avenue New York, NY 10166-4193 Telephone: 212-294-6700 Facsimile: 212-294-4700 Email: melkin@winston.com Jennifer A. Golinveaux (SBN: 203056) Matthew A. Scherb (SBN: 237461) WINSTON & STRAWN LLP 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 Telephone: 415-591-1000 Facsimile: 415-591-1400 Email: jgolinveaux@winston.com; mscherb@winston.com Attorneys for Defendant VEOH NETWORKS, INC. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION IO GROUP, INC. Plaintiff, vs. VEOH NETWORKS, INC. Defendant. Case No. C 06-3926 HRL DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Date: September 4, 2007 Time: 10:00 a.m. Place: Courtroom 2 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Winston & Strawn LLP i DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Case No. C 06-3926 HRL Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 2 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 TABLE OF CONTENTS I. II. III. IV. V. INTRODUCTION .....................................................................................................................1 STATEMENT OF ISSUES .......................................................................................................2 STATEMENT OF FACTS ........................................................................................................2 IO'S MOTION IS MOOT IF THE COURT GRANTS VEOH'S PENDING MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT...............................................................................3 IO HAS FAILED TO SUBMIT EVIDENCE TO ESTABLISH THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF ITS CLAIMS AND ITS MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT MUST BE DENIED............................................................................................4 A. B. Io has Failed to Produce Sufficient Evidence of Copying of its Alleged Works ..........5 Veoh Does Not Engage in Direct Infringement.............................................................7 1. 2. C. Veoh Does Not Act With the Requisite Volition To Be Held Liable for Direct Infringement ......................................................................................7 Veoh's Creation of Thumbnails is Also a Fair Use .........................................13 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 VI. Winston & Strawn LLP Veoh is Not Secondarily Liable...................................................................................16 1. 2. Io has Failed to Submit Evidence of Underlying Infringement by Third Parties.....................................................................................................16 The Evidence Does Not Support Io's Claims of Contributory Infringement.....................................................................................................17 a. b. Veoh Had No Knowledge of the Specific Allegedly Infringing Material at Issue in this Case ..............................................17 Whenever Aware of Infringements, Veoh Removed Them, and In No Way Contributed to or Induced Alleged Infringement.........................................................................................21 Veoh's Website and Software are Capable of Substantial Non-Infringing Uses ............................................................................22 c. 3. Veoh is Not Vicariously Liable .......................................................................22 a. b. Veoh Lacks the Right and Ability to Control the Allegedly Infringing Activity ...............................................................................23 Veoh Obtained No Financial Benefit Directly Attributable to the Allegedly Infringing Activity ....................................................25 CONCLUSION........................................................................................................................27 ii DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Case No. C 06-3926 HRL Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 3 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 TABLE OF AUTHORITIES CASES A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc., 239 F.3d 1004 (9th Cir.2001) ................................................................................ 16-17, 23, 26 Addisu v. Fred Meyer, Inc., 198 F.3d 1130 (9th Cir. 2000) ...................................................................................................5 Adobe Sys. Inc. v. Canus Productions, Inc., 173 F. Supp. 2d 1044 (C.D. Cal. 2001) .............................................................................25, 27 Agee v. Paramount Commc'n, Inc., 59 F.3d 317 (2d Cir. 1995).......................................................................................................13 Berkla v. Corel Corp., 66 F. Supp. 2d 1129 (C.D. Cal. 1999) .......................................................................................6 Bridgmon v. Array Sys. Corp., 325 F.3d 572 (5th Cir. 2003) .....................................................................................................6 British Airways Bd. v. Boeing Co., 585 F.2d 946 (9th Cir. 1978) .....................................................................................................4 Corbis Corp. v. Amazon.com, Inc., 351 F. Supp. 2d 1090 (W.D. Wash. 2004)..................................................................... 4, 19-20 CoStar Group, Inc. v. LoopNet, Inc., 373 F.3d 544 (4th Cir. 2004) ........................................................................................... Passim Eastman Kodak Co. v. Image Technical Servs., Inc., 504 U.S. 451 (1992)...................................................................................................................5 Ellison v. Robertson, 357 F.3d 1072 (9th Cir. 2004) ...........................................................................................22, 26 Feist Publ'ns, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Serv. Co., 499 U.S. 340 (1991)...................................................................................................................7 Field v. Google, Inc., 412 F. Supp. 2d 1106 (D. Nev. 2006)..............................................................................7, 9, 12 Fonovisa, Inc. v. Cherry Auction, Inc., 76 F.3d 259 (9th Cir. 1996) .....................................................................................................24 Funky Films, Inc. v. Time Warner Entm't Co., 462 F.3d 1072 (9th Cir. 2006) ...................................................................................................7 General Universal Sys., Inc. v. Lee, 379 F.3d 131 (5th Cir. 2004) .....................................................................................................6 Hendrickson v. Amazon.com, Inc., 298 F. Supp. 2d 914 (C.D. Cal. 2003) .......................................................................................4 iii DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Case No. C 06-3926 HRL 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Winston & Strawn LLP Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 4 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 In re Aimster Copyright Litig., 334 F.3d 643 (7th Cir. 2003) ...................................................................................................24 Kelly v. Arriba Soft Corp., 336 F.3d 811 (9th Cir.2003) .............................................................................................. 13-16 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd., 545 U.S. 913 (2005)..................................................................................................... 16-17, 21 Miller v. Glenn Miller Prod., Inc., 454 F.3d 975 (9th Cir. 2006) .....................................................................................................4 Nat'l Car Rental Sys., Inc. v. Computer Assoc. Int'l, Inc., 991 F.2d 426 (8th Cir. 1993) ...................................................................................................13 Newborn v. Yahoo!, Inc., 391 F. Supp. 2d 181 (D.D.C. 2005) ...........................................................................................8 Nissan Fire & Marine Ins. Co. v. Gritz Cos., 210 F.3d 1099 (9th Cir. 2000) ...................................................................................................4 Parker v. Google, 422 F.Supp.2d 492 (E.D. Pa. 2006), aff'd by No. 06-3074, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 16370 (3d Cir. July 10, 2007) .........................................................................................................7, 12 Perfect 10, Inc. v. Amazon.com, Inc., 487 F.3d 701 (9th Cir. 2007) ........................................................................................... Passim Perfect 10, Inc. v. CCBill LLC, __ F.3d __, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 12508 (9th Cir. May 31, 2007).................................19, 24 Perfect 10 v. Google, Inc., 416 F. Supp. 2d 828 (C.D. Cal. 2006) ............................................................................... 18-19 Perfect 10 v. Visa Int'l Serv. Ass'n, __ F.3d __, 2007 WL 1892885 (9th Cir. July 3, 2007)............................................................24 Playboy Enters. v. Hardenburgh, 982 F. Supp. 503 (N.D. Ohio 1997)............................................................................. 10-11, 13 Playboy Enters. v. Webbworld, 991 F. Supp. 543 (N.D. Tex. 1997) ...................................................................................10, 13 Religious Tech. Ctr. v. Netcom On-Line Commc'n Servs., Inc., 907 F. Supp. 1361 (N.D. Cal. 1995) ................................................................................ Passim Saenger Org. v. Nationwide Ins. Licensing Assoc., 119 F.3d 55 (1st Cir. 1997)......................................................................................................21 Sega Enters. v. Sabella, No. C 93-04260, 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20470 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 18, 1996) ................... Passim Seiler v. Lucasfilm, Ltd., 808 F.2d 1316 (9th Cir. 1986) ...................................................................................................6 iv DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Case No. C 06-3926 HRL 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Winston & Strawn LLP Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 5 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 Shapiro, Bernstein and Co. v. H.L. Green Co., 316 F.2d 304 (2d Cir. 1963).....................................................................................................24 Shaw v. Lindheim, 919 F.2d 1353 (9th Cir. 1990) ...................................................................................................6 Smith v. Jackson, 84 F.3d 1213 (9th Cir. 1996) .....................................................................................................5 Sony Computer Entm't Am., Inc. v. Bleem, LLC, 214 F.3d 1022 (9th Cir. 2000) ........................................................................................... 15-16 Sony Corp. v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984).............................................................................................................8, 22 Sundance Assocs., Inc. v. Reno, 139 F.3d 804 (10th Cir. 1998) .................................................................................................20 STATUTES 17 U.S.C. 101..............................................................................................................................13 17 U.S.C. 106(3) .........................................................................................................................13 17 U.S.C. 107..............................................................................................................................14 17 U.S.C. 205(c) .........................................................................................................................21 17 U.S.C. 512(j) ............................................................................................................................3 17 U.S.C. 512(c) ....................................................................................................................... 3-4 18 U.S.C. 2257............................................................................................................................20 OTHER AUTHORITIES Meliville B. Nimmer & David Nimmer, Nimmer on Copyright. ............................................11, 13 Fed. R. Civ. P. 7(b) ..........................................................................................................................2 Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c) ........................................................................................................................4 H.R. Rep. No. 105-551 Part 2........................................................................................................27 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Winston & Strawn LLP v DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Case No. C 06-3926 HRL Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 6 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 I. INTRODUCTION Plaintiff Io Group, Inc. ("Plaintiff" or "Io") has moved for summary judgment on the issues of Veoh's liability to Io for direct, contributory, and vicarious copyright infringement. Because Io cannot support the requisite elements of either its direct or indirect claims, its motion should be denied in its entirety. Moreover, because Veoh's own pending motion for summary judgment, based on its entitlement to DMCA safe harbor from all of Io's claims, would moot Io's motion, the Court need not even reach Io's motion. Even putting aside Veoh's entitlement to safe harbor, this is not a close case. Veoh is an Internet service provider that allows users to share video content. Users can upload video content directly to Veoh's website, or by using Veoh's proprietary software. Regarding Io's claims for direct infringement, the case law makes clear that the Veoh system's automated "copying" of user uploaded content lacks the requisite volition to establish direct infringement. As this Court recognized in the Netcom decision, such actions, to the extent that they create copies, are necessary to have a working system for transmitting user content on the Internet. To the extent Io seeks to hold Veoh directly liable for the automated generation of thumbnails to assist users in finding such content, Veoh is also protected by the fair use doctrine. Io's claims that Veoh should be held indirectly liable for the actions of its users are equally misplaced. It is undisputed that Io brought this lawsuit without ever bothering to first notify Veoh of the alleged infringements, and when Io sued, Veoh had already terminated access to all pornographic content, including any of the allegedly infringing material. There is also no evidence to support that Veoh had the right or the ability to control the allegedly infringing activity or derived a financial benefit from it. There is simply no evidence to support the elements of Io's claims of contributory or vicarious infringement. To find Veoh indirectly liable on the facts of this case would extend those doctrines beyond all workable boundaries. For these reasons, Veoh asks that the Court deny Io's motion because Io has not and cannot establish the essential elements of its claims, and as moot because Veoh is entitled to DMCA safe harbor. 1 DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Case No. C 06-3926 HRL 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Winston & Strawn LLP Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 7 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 II. STATEMENT OF ISSUES Whether Io's motion must be denied because it has failed to present evidence showing that no reasonable jury could find for Veoh on all of the essential elements of Io's claims for direct and indirect copyright infringement, and whether Io's motion is mooted by Veoh's entitlement to DMCA safe harbor. III. STATEMENT OF FACTS The background for this case is set forth in detail in Veoh's Motion for Summary Judgment filed July 30, 2007 (Docket No. 77), which Veoh incorporates in this Opposition by reference as if fully set forth herein in accordance with Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 7(b) and 10(c). The following additional facts are also relevant to this Opposition. Veoh is an internet service provider that allows users to upload and share videos.1 Io admits that Veoh is capable of non-infringing uses,2 and there is no doubt that Veoh is capable of substantial non-infringing uses. Users have uploaded and shared hundreds of thousands of videos on Veoh. To date, Veoh has received notices of alleged copyright infringement in one form or another in connection with less than seven percent of those videos.3 In addition to the video content submitted by Veoh users, Dunning Decl. 4, Veoh has entered into agreements with prominent content providers such as Turner, CBS, Us Magazine, Road and Track Magazine, Car and Driver Magazine, and United Talent Agency to distribute their content on Veoh.4 To search for videos on Veoh, users may enter keyword search terms, in response to which Veoh returns a page of search results in a grid, each result identified by a title and a "thumbnail", which is a reduced-size screenshot extracted from a video. If a user clicks on a specific thumbnail Declaration of Ted Dunning ("Dunning Decl.") 2. The Dunning Decl. accompanied Veoh's own motion for summary judgment. 2 Pl's. Resp. to Def's. First Set of Requests for Admission, attached to the Declaration of Matthew Scherb in Support of Defendant Veoh's Opposition to Plaintiff's Summary Judgment Motion ("Scherb Opp. Decl.") as Exh. A, No. 8. 3 Declaration of Ted Dunning Submitted in Support of Defendant Veoh Networks, Inc.'s Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment ("Dunning Opp. Decl") 6. 4 Transcript of May 21, 2007 Deposition of Dmitry Shapiro ("Shapiro Dep. Tr."), attached to the Declaration of Matthew Scherb ("Scherb Opp. Decl.") as Exh. B, 33:17-19, 37:11-16; Pl's. Mot. for Summary Judgment filed July 31, 2007 (Docket No. 78) (Pl's. Mot.) at 7. For the Court's convenience, all deposition portions cited in this Opposition have been collected in the Scherb Opp. Decl. 2 DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Case No. C 06-3926 HRL 1 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Winston & Strawn LLP Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 8 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 on the search results page, he or she will see a "Video Details Page" that contains the video and a link called "Video Screencaps." Clicking on the "Video Screencaps" link shows the user a set of 16 thumbnails of screenshots from the video.5 The thumbnails help users search for videos on Veoh's service and give users a quick idea, without having to watch a video, of the video's content. The creation of these thumbnails is an entirely automated process.6 The full-size screenshots underlying the thumbnails never appeared on Veoh. Papa Dep. Tr. (Day Two) at 161:19-23. Nearly all of the allegedly infringing works at issue in this case are less than a minute in length, and the majority of these were less than about six seconds in length.7 Each of Io's alleged works have each been published in a multitude of formats, including on DVDs, VHS tapes, and on Io's internet sites. Compl. 2. Io gives away excerpts of those videos for free on the Internet and has occasionally given away free DVDs to promote its works.8 IV. IO'S MOTION IS MOOT IF THE COURT GRANTS VEOH'S PENDING MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT. The Court need not reach the merits of Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment, because Veoh is entitled to safe harbor from all of Io's claims pursuant to section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), 17 U.S.C. 512(c), and has moved for summary judgment on that basis. If this Court grants Veoh's motion, it will obviate the need to consider Io's motion. As set forth in Veoh's summary judgment motion, if the Court finds that Veoh is entitled to safe harbor, Io will be entitled to no monetary relief and only to the injunctive relief permitted by 17 U.S.C. 512(j), which is moot in this case, as it is undisputed that Veoh had already disabled access Dunning Opp. Decl. 5; Declaration of Keith Ruoff ("Ruoff Decl.") 13, 26 & Exhs. D, H. The Ruoff Decl. accompanied Io's motion for summary judgment. 6 Transcript of May 22, 2007 Deposition of Joseph Papa ("Papa Dep. Tr. (Day Two)"), attached to the Scherb Opp. Decl. as Exh. C, 166:13-17, id. 158 4-8 ("The screen caps feature provided a way to get a little bit more information about the content of the video, prior to downloading it."); Dunning Opp. Decl. 5. 7 Plaintiff's Responses to Defendant's Third Set of Requests for Admissions, attached to the Scherb Opp. Decl. as Exh. D, Nos. 65-78. 8 Pl's. Resp. to Def's. Third Set of Requests for Admission, attached to the Scherb Decl. as Exh. L, No. 64; Transcript of May 25, 2007 Deposition of Keith Ruoff ("Ruoff Dep. Tr."), attached to the Scherb Opp. Decl. as Exh. E, 35:21 ("We do allow trailers to be shown."); id. 44:8-10 ("We do provide free copies of DVD's to reviewers in magazines, to be able to allow them to write reviews of our films."); id. 90:7-9 (discussing Plaintiff's "free week of porn" promotion). 3 DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Case No. C 06-3926 HRL 5 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Winston & Strawn LLP Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 9 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 to all pornographic content, including any of Io's alleged material in June of 2006 before Io filed this lawsuit. See Veoh's Mot. for Summary Judgment at 24 (citing Corbis Corp. v. Amazon.com, Inc., 351 F. Supp. 2d 1090, 1111 (W.D. Wash. 2004)). Similarly, the Corbis court faced cross summary judgment motions, defendant's on the ground that it was entitled to section 512(c) safe harbor, and plaintiff's seeking a declaration of liability for copyright infringement. That court held that defendant was entitled to DMCA safe harbor, obviating the need to consider most issues of liability. 351 F. Supp. 2d at 1113 ("Corbis has filed a motion for partial summary judgment on its claims of direct and vicarious copyright infringement . . . . Once the claims arising from DMCA-protected activity and the claims relating to unregistered images have been culled, only two direct copyright infringement claims. . . remain."); id. at 1298 ("The relief sought by Corbis for the alleged infringements is prohibited under the DMCA. As a result, even if Corbis's copyright infringement claims can bare fruit, Amazon's liability protection ensures that the claims will whither on the vine."); cf. Hendrickson v. Amazon.com, Inc., 298 F. Supp. 2d 914, 918 (C.D. Cal. 2003) (granting summary judgment to defendant on grounds that it was entitled to DMCA safe harbor, not addressing merits of vicarious claim, and entering judgment in favor of defendant). V. IO HAS FAILED TO SUBMIT EVIDENCE TO ESTABLISH THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF ITS CLAIMS AND ITS MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT MUST BE DENIED. The party moving for summary judgment has the initial burden of establishing that there is "no genuine issue as to any material fact and that [it] is entitled to a judgment as a matter of law." Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c); British Airways Bd. v. Boeing Co., 585 F.2d 946, 951 (9th Cir. 1978) ("[The] burden of establishing that there is no genuine issue of material fact lies initially with the moving party and resolution of all doubts should be in favor of the party opposing the motion."). To warrant summary judgment, a plaintiff must present evidence affirmatively showing that no reasonable jury could find for the non-moving party for all essential elements of its case. Miller v. Glenn Miller Prod., Inc., 454 F.3d 975, 987 (9th Cir. 2006). Where, as here, the moving party fails to carry its initial burden of production, the opposing party has no obligation to produce anything. Nissan Fire & Marine Ins. Co. v. Gritz Cos., 210 F.3d 1099, 1102-1103 (9th Cir. 2000). Inferences 4 DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Case No. C 06-3926 HRL 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Winston & Strawn LLP Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 10 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 drawn from any evidence produced must be viewed in a light most favorable to the nonmoving party. Eastman Kodak Co. v. Image Technical Servs., Inc., 504 U.S. 451, 456 (1992); accord Addisu v. Fred Meyer, Inc., 198 F.3d 1130, 1134 (9th Cir. 2000) ("Reasonable doubts as to the existence of material factual issues are resolved against the moving parties and inferences are drawn in the light most favorable to the non-moving party."). Here, Io has moved for summary judgment on its claims of direct, vicarious, and contributory copyright infringement, and must establish all of the essential elements of those claims in order to be entitled to summary judgment. Io has not, and cannot, meet this burden. A. Io has Failed to Produce Sufficient Evidence of Copying of its Alleged Works As a threshold matter, to establish the elements of its claims for either direct or indirect copyright infringement, Io must meet its burden to show that copying of its works took place. Io has failed to meet its burden. Copying can be proved by (1) direct evidence of copying or by (2) evidence of access to a work and evidence of substantial similarity between the original and allegedly infringing work. Smith v. Jackson, 84 F.3d 1213, 1218 (9th Cir. 1996). Here, Io seeks summary judgment on all of its claims without bothering to introduce sufficient evidence that its alleged works were in fact copied, or if so, how much of the works were copied. Io's entire factual discussion of the alleged infringing copies is in paragraphs 13, 14, and 15 of the Ruoff Declaration. Io apparently now alleges that ten works were infringed, Ruoff Decl. 13-15, but fails to support its claims that these works were in fact copied, and has failed to produce either copies of the works it alleges were infringed, or of the allegedly infirnging copies. Regarding Io's alleged work River Patrol, for example, Mr. Ruoff summarily states that he "located" a "portion" of that work on June 13, 2006. Id. 13. As "evidence" that this video was copied, Mr. Ruoff submits only a copy of a Veoh Video Details Page for a video titled "Military Men", and states that he "observed the large image in the upper left hand corner playing as a streaming Flash video file." Id. 13 & Exh. D. Having failed to produce a copy of the alleged work River Patrol, explain how or whether the "large image" of "Military Men" he observed copied River Patrol, or how much of the infringing work the "portion" allegedly copied, 5 DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Case No. C 06-3926 HRL 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Winston & Strawn LLP Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 11 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 there is insufficient evidence for this Court to determine whether River Patrol was in fact copied. Io's evidence of the other alleged infringements is even more paltry and deficient. For example, the extent of its "evidence" of copying of its alleged works Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Detour, Seamen, Heat, Island Guardian, and Boner, is to state that "I similarly witnessed and documented selections" from those works, and to attach video detail pages of still images with names like "piss12", "piss4", "GWN-Short Series", and "Rough Sex", without explaining how these works correlate to Io's alleged infringed works, or how much of the infringing work the "portion" allegedly copied. Id. 14 & Exh. E. Io's evidence of copying of its remaining alleged works is even weaker still, consisting of one or two pages of "frames" from video files that Veoh produced in discovery, and to which Io acknowledges Veoh had terminated access on its own accord prior to Io's filing suit.9 Id. 15 & Exh. F. Io's purported evidence of copying is insufficient to determine whether and to what extent any copying of its alleged works ever took place. In Seiler v. Lucasfilm, Ltd., 808 F.2d 1316, 1319 (9th Cir. 1986), the Ninth Circuit held that: There can be no proof of `substantial similarity' and thus of copyright infringement unless [the claimed] works are juxtaposed with [the allegedly infringing works] and their contents compared. Since the contents are material and must be proved, [Plaintiff] must either produce the original or show that it is unavailable through no fault of his own. . . . The [best evidence rule] ensure[s] that proof of the infringement claim consists of the works alleged to be infringed. Accord General Universal Sys., Inc. v. Lee, 379 F.3d 131, 145-47 (5th Cir. 2004); Bridgmon v. Array Sys. Corp., 325 F.3d 572, 576-77 (5th Cir. 2003). The Court should deny Io's motion for summary judgment on this basis alone. Courts even encumber a "non-moving [plaintiff] with the burden of proof in copyright cases to produce the alleged infringed and infringing products for comparison purposes at the summary judgment stage." Berkla v. Corel Corp., 66 F. Supp. 2d 1129, 1139 (C.D. Cal. 1999) ("To the extent that Berkla has not presented his other infringed databases for review, Corel is entitled to summary judgment."); see generally Shaw v. Lindheim, 919 F.2d 1353, 1355 (9th Cir. 1990) ("Summary judgment is not highly favored on questions of substantial Pursuant to a stipulation entered by this Court on April 26, 2007, Veoh produced to Io copies of video files to which Veoh had terminated access prior to the filing of Io's lawsuit on June 23, 2006. Joint Stipulation Regarding Responses to Plaintiffs' Document Requests and Maintenance of Electronic Data (Apr. 26, 2007) (docket no. 70). 6 DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Case No. C 06-3926 HRL 9 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Winston & Strawn LLP Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 12 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 similarity in copyright cases."). Without any evidence of the works at issue, Io has failed to meet its burden of production to prove copying and the Court has no means of assessing whether any underlying infringement exists. B. Veoh Does Not Engage in Direct Infringement Acknowledging that the relevant case law requires an internet service provider to act with the requisite volition to be held directly liable for copyright infringement, Io apparently claims that Veoh does so for four reasons: (1) because the Veoh system automatically copies and stores content uploaded by users;10 (2) because the user content uploaded to the Veoh system is automatically "transcoded" into Flash format for viewing; (3) because the Veoh system automatically generates "thumbnails" to assist in the location of user provided content; and (4) because Veoh's Terms of Use required users to give Veoh permission to host user provided content. None of these actions are sufficient to establish the requisite volition for a finding of direct infringement, and to the extent Io seeks to hold Veoh directly liable for the automated generation of thumbnails to assist users in finding such content, Veoh is also protected by the fair use doctrine. 1. Veoh Does Not Act With the Requisite Volition To Be Held Liable for Direct Infringement 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Winston & Strawn LLP To establish direct copyright infringement, Plaintiff must not only show ownership of a valid copyright, but also copying of elements of the work that are original. Feist Publ'ns, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Serv. Co., 499 U.S. 340, 361 (1991); Funky Films, Inc. v. Time Warner Entm't Co., 462 F.3d 1072, 1076 (9th Cir. 2006). The "copying" that must be proved to establish direct infringement involves more than mere automatic behavior; only volitional conduct can give rise to infringement. CoStar Group, Inc. v. LoopNet, Inc., 373 F.3d 544, 551 (4th Cir. 2004) (citing Religious Tech. Ctr. v. Netcom On-Line Commc'n Servs., Inc., 907 F. Supp. 1361 (N.D. Cal. 1995)); Sega Enters. v. Sabella, No. C 93-04260, 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20470 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 18, 1996); Parker v. Google, 422 F.Supp.2d 492, 497 (E.D. Pa. 2006), aff'd by No. 06-3074, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS While Io argues that Veoh may, in very limited circumstances, upload content on behalf of certain partners, see Pl's. Mot. at 7, Io does not claim that Veoh ever itself uploaded the allegedly infringing works at issue in this case, and so this is entirely irrelevant to Io's claims. 7 DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Case No. C 06-3926 HRL 10 Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 13 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 16370, at *6-7 (3d Cir. July 10, 2007); Field v. Google, Inc., 412 F. Supp. 2d 1106, 1115 (D. Nev. 2006); Newborn v. Yahoo!, Inc., 391 F. Supp. 2d 181, 186 n.3 (D.D.C. 2005). This means that for direct liability, the Copyright Act only inculpates "conduct by a person who causes in some meaningful way an infringement." CoStar, 373 F.3d at 549. "[S]omething more must be shown than mere ownership of a machine used by others to make illegal copies. There must be actual infringing conduct with a nexus sufficiently close and causal to the illegal copying that one could conclude that the machine owner himself trespassed on the exclusive domain of the copyright owner." Id. at 550; see also id. at 549 (noting that the staple article of commerce doctrine of Sony Corp. v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417, 442 (1984) eliminated strict liability for copyright infringement when the maker of a device has constructive knowledge of purchasers making infringing uses). Therefore, websites that merely provide a forum where users may share content lack the requisite volition to be held liable for direct infringement. For example, this Court's seminal Netcom decision declined to impose direct liability for copying, distribution, and display on an Internet service provider and a website operator for merely providing a forum for the sharing of content. 907 F. Supp. 1371-73, 1381-82. Plaintiff's proper remedy was against the offending users for direct infringement, as the forum providers' actions were "automatic and indiscriminate" and could have just as easily been "done" by any other number of forum providers Id. at 1372. Holding the forum providers were not directly liable, this Court noted that "[b]illions of bits of data flow through the Internet and are necessarily stored on servers throughout the network and it is thus practically impossible to screen out infringing bits from noninfringing bits." Id. at 1372-73. In another case before this Court, a bulletin board operator (the predecessor to a website operator) was not liable for direct infringement when she did not upload or download the infringing content herself, even though she encouraged infringement, knew it was going on (touting the "HUNDRED's of $$$$$$$$ worth of games" for free), monitored it, and profited from it (by selling hardware to help her users make copies of games that could be uploaded to her bulletin board). Sega, 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20470 at *7-8, *19-20 ("[W]hether Sabella knew her . . . users were infringing on Sega's copyright, or 8 DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Case No. C 06-3926 HRL 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Winston & Strawn LLP Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 14 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 encouraged them to do so, has no bearing on whether Sabella directly caused the copying to occur."). Likewise, in Field, Google's automatic provision of cached (backup) copies of third-party webpages to its users at the users' direction did not give rise to direct liability. 412 F. Supp. 2d at 1115. The court reasoned that "Google is passive," its "computers respond automatically" to requests," and without a "request, the copy would not be created . . . and the alleged infringement at issue in this case would not occur." Id. In CoStar, the Fourth Circuit adopted this Court's Netcom approach and analogized the operators of content-hosting websites "to owner[s] of a traditional copying machine whose customers pay a fixed amount per copy and operate the machine themselves to make copies.": When a customer duplicates an infringing work, the owner of the copy machine is not considered a direct infringer. Similarly, an ISP who owns an electronic facility that responds automatically to users' input is not a direct infringer. If the Copyright Act does not hold the owner of the copying machine liable as a direct infringer when its customer copies infringing material without knowledge of the owner, the ISP should not be found liable as a direct infringer when its facility is used by a subscriber to violate a copyright without intervening conduct of the ISP. 373 F.3d at 550; accord Netcom, 907 F. Supp. at 1368-70 (making the same analogy). Therefore, Loopnet, a website hosting and displaying user-submitted photographs and other information, was not directly liable for its users uploading unauthorized photographs: it acted as mere conduit. Id. at 551, 555 (Loopnet "provide[d] a system that automatically transmits users' material but is itself totally indifferent to the material's content. In this way, it functions as does a traditional telephone company when it transmits the contents of its users' conversations"). Even though Loopnet reviewed each uploaded photograph prior to making those photographs public to ensure each in fact depicted real estate and that each did not contain an obvious copyright notice, this practice did not render its hosting a volitional act, id. at 547, 556, and Loopnet was entitled to summary judgment. Id. at 557. Likewise here Io has failed to produce any evidence showing that Veoh acts with the requisite volition to be held liable for direct infringement of Io's alleged works. As in CoStar, Veoh was a conduit for material submitted by its users. Any automated processing of uploaded videos does not alter this. Operating with even less involvement than Loopnet, Veoh does not review files 9 DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Case No. C 06-3926 HRL 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Winston & Strawn LLP Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 15 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 prior to publication to determine whether they should or should not be published, and any such review would be infeasible.11 The undisputed facts show only that Veoh employees made extremely limited post-publication review of content on Veoh and, when appropriate, removed access to content that violated Veoh's Terms of Use, including content suspected to be infringing.12 While Io cites Playboy Enters. v. Webbworld, 991 F. Supp. 543 (N.D. Tex. 1997) as support for its direct infringement claim, the website operator in Webbworld faced direct liability because he provided the infringing content himself. Users of the website did not upload their own content; rather, the website operator culled adult images from Internet newgroups. Id. at 549. The operator "took affirmative steps" by "troll[ing] the Internet." Id. at 552. Veoh, on the other hand, did not seek out Io's content. Content on Veoh is uploaded by users or, in very limited circumstances not relevant to this case, Veoh may upload content on behalf of certain partners. Dunning Decl. 4; Shapiro Dep. Tr. 33:17-19, 37:11-16. Similarly, Io's reliance on Playboy Enters. v. Hardenburgh, 982 F. Supp. 503 (N.D. Ohio 1997) is misplaced. In Hardenburgh, a bulletin board operator was found directly liable when the operator encouraged users to upload content of all sorts to the system and manually reviewed each file uploaded before making that file accessible to all users. Id. at 513. Hardenburgh, then, is readily distinguished on its facts. Veoh did not review videos prior to making them available to users. Transcript of March 26, 2007 Deposition of Ted Dunning ("Dunning Dep. Tr."), attached to the Scherb Opp. Decl as Exh. F, 129:24 to 130:15; Papa Dep. Tr. (Day One) 35:6-8. Moreover, courts in this District, in Sabella, and the Fourth Circuit, in CoStar, have properly rejected the Hardenburgh approach as inconsistent with copyright law. In Sabella, the bulletin board operator "monitored the uploading and downloading of games in great detail," 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS at *19, but ultimately, this Court recognized that whether the operator knew of or encouraged infringement, while possibly relevant to secondary liability, was irrelevant to direct liability. It was error for Hardenburgh to base its decision, as it clearly did, on encouragement and review. See CoStar, 373 11 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Winston & Strawn LLP Dunning Dep. Tr 129:24 to 130:15; Transcript of May 21, 2007 Deposition of Joseph Papa ("Papa Dep. Tr. (Day One)"), attached to the Scherb Opp. Decl. as Exhs. F & G, 35:6-8. 12 Dunning Decl. 9-12; Dunning Dep. Tr. 125:6 to 126:16, 128:20-23, 136-37; Papa Dep. Tr. (Day Two) at 233:23 to 234:17. 10 DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Case No. C 06-3926 HRL Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 16 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 F.3d at 549-550 (stating a similar principle); see also 3 Melville B. Nimmer & David Nimmer, Nimmer on Copyright 12B.01[A][1] (noting "Netcom remains the touchstone" while Webbworld, Hardenburgh, and their predecessor, Frena, are "disapproved" by courts and by Congress through legislative history). Io makes the same error here, arguing that because Veoh "reviews or screens," Veoh goes even further than the defendant in Hardenburgh. Pl's. Mot. at 13-14. In doing so, Io is wrong on the law, and misrepresents the evidence to which it cites. Even if Veoh reviewed files before making them available, which the evidence shows it does not,13 that would not subject Veoh to direct liability. Moreover, to support its claim that Veoh reviews files, Io argues that "[f]irst, Defendant reviews or screens files by only accepting files which users agree to license to Defendant to be exploited on to its system." Id. The testimony Io cites does not support its argument. Mr. Shapiro and Mr. Papa merely state that users must register with Veoh to upload files and that during registration, users agree that Veoh may make any uploaded videos available on Veoh. Shapiro Dep. Tr. 23:6-14; Papa Dep. Tr. 12:2-5, 31:14-19. This is not review or screening. Io also argues that Veoh "reviews files to ensure they are video files capable of being shown on its system," citing to Papa Dep. Tr. 12:10-17:21. This statement is equally misleading, as the cited portions of Mr. Papa's deposition only show that Veoh's system automatically rejected files that were not in fact video files. The pre-publication "review" that Io attributes to Veoh is all part of the automatic and necessary processing of video files, including that Veoh's computers automatically confirm that uploaded files are in fact video files, that third-party software converts video files to Flash format, the automatic generation of thumbnails from videos to help users locate videos and learn about their contents, and the indexing of newly submitted videos. Dunning Dep. Tr. 132-33 135, 138; Papa Dep. Tr. (Day Two) at 155:5-6; Dunning Decl. 6; Dunning Opp. Decl. 3-5. To the extent that Io claims Veoh "completes" its review of files after publication, Pl's. Mot at 14, this statement is false and also a legal non-starter. As noted, any comprehensive is infeasible, and therefore Veoh cannot and does not have a policy of reviewing all files post-publication. See 13 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Winston & Strawn LLP Dunning Dep. Tr 129:24 to 130:15; Papa Dep. Tr. (Day One) 35:6-8. 11 DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Case No. C 06-3926 HRL Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 17 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 Dunning Dep. Tr 129:24 to 130:15; Papa Dep. Tr. (Day One) 35:6-8. Veoh only engages in limited ad hoc post-publication review.14 Papa Dep. Tr. (Day Two) at 203:4-15; Dunning Dep. Tr. 136-37. As is clear from CoStar and Sabella, even pre-publication review does not give rise to volition, let alone ad hoc post-publication review. Io also refers to that fact that user content uploaded to Veoh's system is automatically converted to Flash format, to support its argument that Veoh should be held directly liable. Pl's. Mot. at 14. As Io acknowledges, users submit video files to Veoh in "multiple formats." Pl's. Mot. at 5; cf. Dunning Dep. Tr. 62:19 to 63:5 ("There are several hundred video formats at least."). Veoh utilizes widely-used third-party software that merely automatically encodes user-submitted videos into Flash format for compatibility purposes, because the vast majority of Web users have software that can play videos in the Flash format. Dunning Opp. Decl. 3; Pl's. Mot. at 5 (noting it is "technologically impractical" to show videos in a variety of formats and that Veoh encodes videos into Flash because the "format is supported by most users' browsers").15 The conversion to Flash format is an entirely automated process. Dunning Decl. 6. While Veoh pre-selects some encoding specifications, such as frame rate, see Pl's. Mot. at 5, these specifications are simply default parameters passed along to the encoding software, Dunning Opp. Decl. 3, and are the same for each video.16 Content uploaded to any website will require automatic processing prior to publication. Automatic transcoding to Flash format is no more volitional than the processing undertaken by the website operators in CoStar, Netcom, Sabella, or Field and Parker. Similarly, Io's suggestion that Veoh's conduct should be considered volitional because its storage of content is more than transitory, Plaintiff's Motion at 14, is misplaced. The length of storage has no relation to whether the copy placed in storage was placed there by one person or While Io notes that Veoh, for a brief period of time before disallowing adult content, checked "sexually explicit video files to determine if they should be tagged as "gay" or "straight," Pl's. Mot. at 4 (citing Papa Dep. Tr. (Day Two) at 240:6-245:17). Io offers no evidence about the comprehensiveness of this review or evidence that such review conveyed any actual or constructive knowledge to Veoh of any infringement. 15 See also Veoh Networks, Inc.'s Supplemental Responses to Interrogatory Nos. 6, 21, and 22, attached to the Scherb Decl. as Exh. E, at 3; Papa Dep. Tr. (Day One) at 124:3-17, 125:7-12 ("Adobe's Flash player has something like 98 percent penetration in the browser market, so a video formatted into Flash can be played by just about anybody on the Web."); Dunning Decl. 6. 16 Papa Dep. Tr. 127:1-4, 128:16 to 129:9; Scherb Decl., Exh. E at 3. 12 DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Case No. C 06-3926 HRL 14 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Winston & Strawn LLP Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 18 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 another. Moreover, Netcom, the only case Io cites to support this argument, dealt both with the temporary storage of content by an Internet Service Provider, but also the indefinite storage by the bulletin board operator. Netcom, 907 F. Supp. at 1381-82. Likewise, CoStar and Sabella both involved content residing on servers indefinitely. The evidence shows that Veoh never directly copied, distributed,17 performed, displayed, or made derivative works on its own volition. While Io argues that Veoh is more like the defendants in Webbworld and Hardenburgh, then in CoStar or Netcom, the evidence supports the opposite conclusion. The evidence fails to show that Veoh acted with the requisite volition and at the very least creates a question of fact requiring denial of Io's motion for summary judgment on liability for direct infringement. 2. Veoh's Creation of Thumbnails is Also a Fair Use 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Winston & Strawn LLP To the extent Io seeks to hold Veoh directly liable for the automated generation of thumbnails to assist users in finding videos, Veoh is also protected by the fair use doctrine. The Ninth Circuit has held that websites that generate thumbnail images from full-size works engage in fair use. Perfect 10, Inc. v. Amazon.com, Inc., 487 F.3d 701, 725 (9th Cir. 2007) ("Google has put Perfect 10's thumbnail images (along with millions of other thumbnail images) to a use fundamentally different than the use intended by Perfect 10. In doing so, Google has provided a significant benefit to the public."); Kelly v. Arriba Soft Corp., 336 F.3d 811, 818-22 (9th Cir.2003) (holding Arriba's use of thumbnail images to help its users locate images on the Internet was a fair use that was transformative and a benefit to the public). To evaluate whether a use is fair, courts Regardless of whether Veoh acts with the requisite volition, Veoh has not violated Io's distribution right because it does not distribute "copies." Section 106(3) defines the "distribution" right as the right "to distribute copies . . . " 17 U.S.C. 106(3) (emphasis added). "Copies," in turn, is a defined term and is specifically limited to "material objects." 17 U.S.C. 101. As Professor Nimmer has stated, "[i]nfringement of [the distribution right] requires an actual dissemination of either copies or phonorecords." 2 Nimmer on Copyright 8.11[A], at 8-124.1."). While the Ninth Circuit stated in dicta that "[t]he Supreme Court has indicated that in the electronic context, copies may be distributed electronically, Perfect 10, 487 F.3d at 718, courts that have considered the issue disagree. Agee v. Paramount Commc'ns, Inc., 59 F.3d 317 (2d Cir. 1995) (holding that the unauthorized satellite transmission of a copyrighted television program was a performance, not a distribution, because no material object changed hands); Nat'l Car Rental Sys., Inc. v. Computer Assoc. Int'l, Inc., 991 F.2d 426, 434 (8th Cir. 1993) ("[E]ven with respect to computer software, the distribution right is only the right to distribute copies of the work."). 13 DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Case No. C 06-3926 HRL 17 Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 19 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 consider the equities in the context of four non-exclusive factors: "(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes; (2) the nature of the copyrighted work; (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work." 17 U.S.C. 107. Here, the first, third and fourth factors weigh in favor of fair use, and the second factor weighs only slightly in favor of Io if at all. The first factor weighs strongly in favor of a finding of fair use, as Veoh's use of thumbnails is both highly transformative and non-commercial. Both Google and Arriba created thumbnails that were diminutive versions of full-size images and used those images to help users locate images and determine whether they wanted to view the full-size images. Veoh's thumbnails help users find videos on Veoh's service, and provide users a quick idea, without watching a video, what that video's contents will be like. Dunning Opp. Decl. 5; Ruoff Decl. 13, 26 & Exhs. D, H. When users search for videos on Veoh, they enter keywords and Veoh returns a grid of videos, each identified by a title and a thumbnail of a screenshot from that video. If users click on a video's thumbnail, they see a "Video Details Page" that contains the video and a link called "Video Screencaps." Clicking on the "Video Screencaps" links shows the user a set of 16 thumbnails of screenshots from the video. Id. Thus, as in Perfect 10 and Kelly, the thumbnails serve an information location purpose. Veoh's thumbnails are arguably even more transformative, because the thumbnails are not merely diminutive versions of full-size images, but are still images extracted from a different form of content: videos. The thumbnails do not incorporate the entirety of any video, but are only reduced-sized screenshots of a fraction of the screenshots that comprise any given video. There is also no evidence that Veoh's use of thumbnails was commercial. During the period at issue in this litigation, June 1-22 of 2006, there was no advertising on Veoh, and Veoh did not charge users for viewing videos or for memberships or subscriptions. Declaration of Joseph Papa ("Papa Decl.")18 2. In Perfect 10 and in Kelly, the Ninth Circuit found fair use despite the fact that 18 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Winston & Strawn LLP The Papa Decl. accompanied Veoh's own motion for summary judgment. 14 DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Case No. C 06-3926 HRL Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 20 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 Google had advertising relationships, Perfect 10, 487 F.3d at 722, and when on appeal Arriba never contested that its search engine had a limited commercial purpose, Kelly, 336 F.3d at 818. Regarding the second factor, while Io's alleged works may be creative, they have been previously published in a multitude of formats, including on DVDs, VHS tapes, and on Plaintiff's internet sites. Compl. 2, 8; Ruoff Dep. Tr. 96-98. The same facts led the Perfect 10 court to conclude that the second fair use factor, the nature of the copyrighted work, weighed at best only slightly in favor of the plaintiff and contributed little to the fair use calculus. 487 F.3d at 723, 725. The same is true here. The third factor weighs in favor of fair use. In Perfect 10 and Kelly, the Ninth Circuit held that incorporating the entire contents of a full-size image in a thumbnail "was necessary . . . to allow users to recognize the image and decide whether to pursue more information about the image or the originating [website]. Id. at 724 (quoting Kelly, 336 F.3d at 821). Otherwise, "it would be more difficult to identify it, thereby reducing the usefulness of the visual search engine." Id. (quoting Kelly, 336 F.3d at 821). Thus, the Ninth Circuit concluded that the "amount" factor favored neither party. Id. In this case, Veoh uses far less of the original work: it merely uses a few thumbnails of screenshots to identify an entire video. A screenshot is "such an insignificant portion of the complex copyrighted work as a whole" that in these circumstances, the "third factor will almost always weigh against the [content owner]." Sony Computer Entm't Am., Inc. v. Bleem, LLC, 214 F.3d 1022, 102829 (9th Cir. 2000) (holding that use of screen shots of another's video game for advertising a video game player is fair use). Therefore, this factor also favors Veoh and fair use. Finally, the fourth factor weighs in favor of fair use because Veoh's thumbnails have no effect upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. Io sells videos and, for promotional purposes, gives away DVDs of these videos and offers excerpts of those videos online for free. See, e.g., Ruoff Dep. Tr. 35:21 ("We do allow trailers to be shown."); id. 44:8-10 ("We do provide free copies of DVD's to reviewers in magazines, to be able to allow them to write reviews of our films."); id. 90:7-9 (discussing Plaintiff's "free week of porn" promotion). Veoh's thumbnails, reduced-size screenshots from these and other videos, hardly compete. "[B]ecause thumbnails were 15 DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Case No. C 06-3926 HRL 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Winston & Strawn LLP Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 21 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 not a substitute for the full-sized images, they did not harm the photographer's ability to sell or license his full-sized images." Perfect 10, 487 F.3d at 724; Kelly, 336 F.3d at 821-22. If thumbnails do not harm the market for full-size images, they certainly do not harm the market for videos. Cf. Bleem, 214 F.3d at 1028-29 (screenshots are an insignificant portion of a larger audiovisual work). Moreover, Io has provided no evidence of market harm from Veoh's thumbnails, and "market harm cannot be presumed." Perfect 10, 487 F.3d at 724. As three of the fair use factors weigh in favor of a finding of fair use, and one weighs at best only slightly in Io's favor, the undisputed evidence establishes that Veoh's use of thumbnail images to aid its users in locating videos is protected by the fair use doctrine. At the very least, there is a material issue of fact as to Veoh's protection by the doctrine that requires denial of Io's motion for summary judgment. C. Veoh is Not Secondarily Liable 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Winston & Strawn LLP Io has also failed to marshal evidence sufficient to support the elements of its claims for secondary copyright infringement. Although the Copyright Act does not provide for secondary liability, courts have imported into copyright law the doctrines of contributory and vicarious liability from common law. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd., 545 U.S. 913, 930-31 (2005). Io's motion for summary judgment on its secondary liability claims fails both because it has not met its burden to prove underlying acts of direct infringement by third parties, and because it has failed to come forward with evidence to support the elements of its contributory and vicarious infringement claims. 1. Io has Failed to Submit Evidence of Underlying Infringement by Third Parties "Secondary liability for copyright infringement does not exist in the absence of direct infringement by a third party." Perfect 10, 487 F.3d at 725 (quoting A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc., 239 F.3d 1004, 1013 n.2 (9th Cir.2001)). Plaintiff bears the burden of proving the existence of third-parties' infringements and courts will not infer such infringement, even in the preliminary injunction context where evidentiary burdens are arguably lessoned. Id. at 726 ("There is no evidence in the record directly establishing that users of Google's search engine have stored 16 DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Case No. C 06-3926 HRL Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 22 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 infringing images on their computers, and the district court did not err in declining to infer the existence of such evidence."). As discussed in Section V above, Io has produced insufficient evidence that any Veoh user made an infringing use of Io's works. At the very least there is a material issue of fact as to whether any direct infringements exist. This alone defeats Io's motion for summary judgment on its secondary claims. 2. The Evidence Does Not Support Io's Claims of Contributory Infringement Io has also failed to present evidence to support the elements of its contributory infringement claim. "One infringes contributorily by intentionally inducing or encouraging direct infringement." Grokster, 545 U.S. at 930. To be liable, one must act with knowledge of another's infringing activity and must induce, cause, or materially contribute to that conduct. Perfect 10, 487 F.3d at 727. In the "context of cyberspace," the Ninth Circuit has further refined this test. Id. at 728. A computer system operator can be held contributorily liable if it "has actual knowledge that specific infringing material is available using its system" but "fails to purge such material from the system." Id. (citing Napster, 239 F.3d at 1021-22; Netcom, 907 F. Supp. at 1375). A computer system operator may also be liable for "distributing a product distributees use to infringe copyrights, if the product is not capable of `substantial' or `commercially significant' noninfringing uses." Id. at 726 (citing Sony, 464 U.S. at 442). Here, it is undisputed that Veoh had no actual knowledge of the specific allegedly infringing material, and Io has failed to present any evidence that would support constructive knowledge. Moreover, because Veoh's website and software have substantial and commercially significant non-infringing uses, it is improper to impute knowledge to Veoh for the distribution of its products. There is also no evidence at all to support that Veoh induced, caused, or materially contributed to the allegedly infringing conduct at issue in this case. a. Veoh Had No Knowledge of the Specific Allegedly Infringing Material at Issue in this Case 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Winston & Strawn LLP In Napster, the Ninth Circuit "considered claims that the operator of an electronic file sharing system was contributorily liable for assisting individual users to swap copyrighted music files stored on their home computers with other users of the system." Perfect 10, 487 F.3d at 728 (citing 17 DEFENDANT VEOH NETWORKS, INC.'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT Case No. C 06-3926 HRL Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 88 Filed 08/14/2007 Page 23 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111-5894 Napster, 239 F.3d at 1011-13, 1019-22). The Ninth Circuit held Napster liable, but only because it knew of "specific infringing material" and "failed to block access to such files." Id. (quoting Napster, 239 F.3d at 1022). It is undisputed that unlike Napster, Veoh had no actual knowledge of the specific alleged infringements. 19 Io never provided Veoh with notice of any alleged infringements on Veoh's system before filing this lawsuit, at which time Veoh had already disabled access to all pornographic content, including any of Io's alleged material.20 There is also no evidence to support that Veoh had constructive knowledge of the alleged infringing material. Io concedes that none of the alleged infringements it identified on Veoh contained copyright notices, Scherb Decl., Exh. J, No. 58 (Pl's. Resp. to Def's. Second Set of RFAs), and Io testified at deposition that none of the works identified Plaintiff in any way. Ruoff Dep. Tr. 55:13-16 ("I don't remember seeing any reference to Titan Media within those audio-visual works that I downloaded through Veoh."); id. at 56:19 to 57:13 (same for thumbnails).21 Even if the allegedly infringing works had copyright notices or attribution, such features are not evidence that a work is unauthorized, only that someone claims the work. Knowledge of "specific infringing material" is required. Perfect 10, 487 F.3d at 729. A content owner: cannot know that any given image on the internet is infringing someone's copyright merely because the image contains a copyright notice. Google would need more information in order to know whether the operator of that third-party website [posting the image] created the work, licensed its use or instead was illegally displaying an infringing copy of it. Perfect 10 v. Google, Inc., 416

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