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

Filing 93

MOTION for Administrative Relief in the form of an Order to File Documents Under Seal filed by IO Group, Inc. (Sperlein, Dennis) (Filed on 8/20/2007) Text modified on 8/21/2007 to conform to document caption post by counsel (bw, COURT STAFF).

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IO Group, Inc. v. Veoh Networks, Inc. Doc. 93 Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 93 Filed 08/20/2007 Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 GILL SPERLEIN (172887) THE LAW FIRM OF GILL SPERLEIN 584 Castro Street, Suite 849 San Francisco, California 94114 Telephone: (415) 487-1211 X32 Facsimile: (415) 252-7747 legal@titanmedia.com Attorney for Plaintiff IO GROUP, INC. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) CASE NO. C-06-3926 (HRL) MOTION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE RELIEF IN THE FORM OF AN ORDER TO FILE DOCUMENTS UNDER SEAL IO GROUP, INC., a California corporation, Plaintiff, vs. VEOH NETWORKS, Inc, a California Corporation, Defendant. Pursuant to Local Civil Rules 79-5, 7-11 and 7-12, Plaintiff Io Group, Inc. submits this motion to have selected evidence containing sexually explicit material filed under seal. Supporting this stipulation is the declaration of Keith Ruoff, Vice-President, Plaintiff, Io Group, Inc. Local Civil Rule 79-5 specifically permits this Court to seal documents. See e.g., Stanford v. SSA, 437 F. Supp. 2d 1113, 1124 (N.D. Cal. 2006)(granting motion pursuant to file documents under seal). The rule reflects that the right to inspect and copy judicial records is not absolute. See Hagestad v. Tragesser, 49 F. 3d 1430, 1433-34 (9th Cir. 1995)(citing Nixon v. Warner Communications, Inc. 435 U.S. 589, 597 (1978)). "Every court has supervisory power over its own records and files, and access has been denied where court files might have become a vehicle -1MOTION TO FILE DOCUMENTS UNDER SEAL C-06-3926 (HRL) Dockets.Justia.com Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 93 Filed 08/20/2007 Page 2 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 for improper purposes." Id. Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 26(c) provides, that for good cause shown, a court "may make any order which justice requires to protect a party or person from annoyance, embarrassment, oppression, undue burden or expense." The Evidence Plaintiff seeks to file under seal consists of video files previously available by and through www.veoh.com and corresponding works owned by Plaintiff. Specifically, the documents include material which Plaintiff produced to Defendant in discovery with Plaintiff's bates range numbers, 200275-200282 and 200953-200956. In accord with to Local Rule 79-5(b) Plaintiff has sent these documents to be lodged with the Court. Each of the documents contains sexually explicit material. Ruoff Decl. at 3. Because individuals under 18 years of age and others who may not wish to be inadvertently exposed to sexually explicit material have access to court files; and because it would possibly be unlawful to make such material available in a forum that is open to minors (See e.g. Cal. Pen Code 313.1), Io Group, Inc. requests that these documents be filed under seal. Plaintiff sought the stipulation of Defendant, but Defendant refused, stating only that it does not believe the nature of the content is a proper reason to file the material under seal. Plaintiff disagrees. Sperlein Decl. at 2. Recognizing the broad power of the Court in this regard, Plaintiff believes the benefit for filing the documents under seal is evident, where as any disadvantage to sealing the documents is not so evident. Although Plaintiff gave Defendant opportunity to further explain its position that the sexually explicit material should be available to the general public including children, Defendant did not respond. Should Defendant oppose this motion, Plaintiff requests to have an opportunity to address any arguments Defendant may raise. Respectfully submitted, Dated: August 20, 2007 /s/ Gill Sperlein Gill Sperlein (CA Bar Number 172887) THE LAW FIRM OF GILL SPERLEIN Attorneys for Plaintiff, Io Group, Inc. -2MOTION TO FILE DOCUMENTS UNDER SEAL C-06-3926 (HRL) Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 93 Filed 08/20/2007 Page 3 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I am a resident of the State of California, over the age of 18 years, and not a party to the action within. My business address is 69 Converse Street, San Francisco, California, 94103. On August 20, 2007 I served the within documents: PLAINTIFF IO GROUP INC.'S MOTION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE RELIEF IN THE FORM OF AN ORDER TO FILE DOCUMENTS UNDER SEAL GILL SPERLEIN'S DECLARATION IN SUPPORT KEITH RUOFF'S DECLARATION IN SUPPORT [PROPOSED] ORDER PLAINTIFF'S DOCUMENTS 200275-200282 and 200953-200956 TO BE FILED UNDER SEAL by causing a true and correct copy of the above to be placed with Specialty Delivery Service for personal delivery in a sealed envelope with postage prepaid, addressed as follows: JENIFER A. GOLINVEAUX WINSTON & STRAWN LLP 101 CALIFORNIA STREET, SUITE 3900 SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111-5894 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 280 South First Street San Jose, CA 95113 Chambers Copy Io Group, Inc. v. Veoh Networks, Inc., C-06-06-3926 (HRL) I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct and that this declaration was executed on August 20, 2007. /s/ Eric Burford ________________________________ Eric Burford I hereby attest that this is the declaration of Eric Burford and the original with Eric Burford's holographic signature is on file for production for the Court if so ordered, or for inspection upon request by any party. Pursuant to the laws of the United States, I declare under penalty of perjury the foregoing is true and correct. Dated: August 20, 2007 /s/ Gill Sperlein GILL SPERLEIN, Counsel for Plaintiff Io Group, Inc. -1-

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