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    7403699

    MPAS ISO DEFS’ MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT CASE NO. 2:15-CV-6257-PA (AGR X) 

    RELL & MANELLA LLP

    A Registered Limited Liability

    Law Partnership Including Professional Corporations

    Robert M. Schwartz (SBN 117166) ([email protected])

    Victor Jih (SBN 186515) ([email protected])

    Andrew J. Strabone (SBN 301659)

    ([email protected])Amit Gressel (SBN 307663) ([email protected])

    IRELL & MANELLA LLP 1800 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 900 Los Angeles, California 90067-4276 Telephone: (310) 277-1010 Facsimile: (310) 203-7199

    Attorneys for Defendants

    CBS Corporation and CBS Radio Inc.

    UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

    CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

    ABS ENTERTAINMENT, INC., an Arkansas corporation, BARNABY RECORDS, INC., a California

    corporation, BRUNSWICK RECORDCORPORATION, a New York corporation and MALACO, INC., a Mississippi corporation, each individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated,

    Plaintiffs, v.

    CBS CORPORATION, a Delawarecorporation; CBS RADIO INC., a Delaware corporation; and DOES 1 through 10,

    Defendants.

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    Case No. 2:15-cv-6257-PA (AGRx)

    Case Filed: August 17, 2015

    Trial Date: December 13, 2016

    MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES IN SUPPORT OF DEFENDANTS’ MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT OR, IN THE ALTERNATIVE, PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT

    Date: May 2, 2016

    Time: 1:30 p.m.Place: Courtroom 15 – Spring St. Before: Hon. Percy Anderson

    Case 2:15-cv-06257-PA-AGR Document 82-1 Filed 02/29/16 Page 1 of 21 Page ID #:1066

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS 

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    CASE NO. 2:15-CV-6257-PA (AGR X) 

    RELL & MANELLA LLP

    A Registered Limited Liability

    Law Partnership Including Professional Corporations

    I.  INTRODUCTION ................................................................................ 1 

    II.  

    BACKGROUND FACTS ..................................................................... 3  

    A.  

    The Limited Protection For Pre-1972 and Post-1972 Sound Recordings. ...................................................................... 3 

    B.  Plaintiffs Own Only Pre-1972 Sound Recordings. .................... 5 

    C.  

    CBS Did Not Perform Plaintiffs’ Pre-1972 Sound Recordings. ................................................................................. 7 

    III.  CBS IS ENTITLED TO SUMMARY JUDGMENT. .......................... 8 

    A.  Plaintiffs Cannot Show That CBS Broadcast Their

    Sound Recordings. ...................................................................... 9  

    B.  Plaintiffs Cannot Prevail On Any Post-1972 Sound Recordings CBS Broadcast. ....................................................... 9

     

    1.  

    Post-1972 Sound Recordings Are Governed  by Federal Law. ................................................................ 9 

    2.  

    CBS Did Not Perform Plaintiffs’ Pre-1972 Recordings. ..................................................................... 13 

    a.  Forensic Testing of Plaintiffs’ Recordings and CBS’s Recordings

    Confirms that They Are Not the Same. ............... 13  

     b.  

    The Forensic Testing Results Are Consistent With The Post-1972 History Of Plaintiffs’ Recordings. .................................... 15

     

    IV.  

    CONCLUSION. .................................................................................. 17  

    Case 2:15-cv-06257-PA-AGR Document 82-1 Filed 02/29/16 Page 2 of 21 Page ID #:1067

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    TABLE OF AUTHORITIES 

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    CASE NO. 2:15-CV-6257-PA (AGR X) 

    RELL & MANELLA LLP

    A Registered Limited Liability

    Law Partnership Including Professional Corporations

    Cases 

     Batjac Prods, Inc. v. Goodtimes Home Video Corp., 160 F.3d 1223 (9th Cir. 1998) ....................................................................... 10

    Capitol Records, LLC v. Sirius XM Radio, Inc., 2014 WL 7387972 (Cal. Super. Ct. Oct. 14, 2014) ........................................ 2

    Celotex Corp. v. Catrett , 477 U.S. 317 (1986) ........................................................................................ 8

    Fazio v. City and County of San Francisco, 125 F.3d 1328 (9th Cir. 1997) ......................................................................... 8

    Feist Publ’ns, Inc. v. Rural Tel. Serv. Co.,

    499 U.S. 340 (1991) ................................................................................ 10, 17 Flo & Eddie, Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio, Inc., 2014 WL 4725382 (C.D.

    Cal. Sept. 22, 2014) ......................................................................................... 2

    Griffin v. J-Records, 398 F. Supp. 2d 1137 (E.D. Wash. 2005) ..................................................... 10

     Leisek v. Brightwood Corp., 278 F.3d 895 (9th Cir. 2002) ........................................................................... 9

     Maljack Prods., Inc. v. UAV Corp., 964 F. Supp. 1416, 28 (C.D. Cal. 1997) .................................................. 10, 11

    Pryor v. Jean, 2014 WL 5023088 (C.D. Cal., Oct. 8, 2014) .................................... 11, 12, 13

    Statutes  

    Cal. Civ. Code § 980 .............................................................................................. 3, 7

    California Business & Professions Code § 17200 ..................................................... 7

    Fed.R. Civ. Proc. 56(a) .............................................................................................. 9

    Other Authorities 

    Flo & Eddie v. Pandora,  No. 15-55287, 2015 WL 5313052 (9th Cir. Sep. 9, 2015) (Amicus Brief of Computer & Communications Industry Association) ..................................................................................................... 2

    Flo & Eddie v. Pandora,  No. 15-55287, 2015 WL 5313053 (9th Cir. Sep. 9, 2015) (Amicus Brief of Copyright and Intellectual Property Law Professors) ....................................................................................................... 2

    Case 2:15-cv-06257-PA-AGR Document 82-1 Filed 02/29/16 Page 3 of 21 Page ID #:1068

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    A Registered Limited Liability

    Law Partnership Including Professional Corporations

    Flo & Eddie v. Pandora,  No. 15-55287, 2015 WL 5331515 (Amicus Brief of National Association of Broadcasters) ........................................................................... 2

    Flo & Eddie v. Pandora, No. 15-55287, 2015 WL 5313054 (Amicus Brief of Yale Law School Information Society Project and Affiliated Scholars of Intellectual Property and Free Expression Law) ................................................................................................................. 2

    James J. Schneider, Defeating the Terminator: How Remastered  Albums May Help Record Companies Avoid Copyright Termination, 53 B.C. L. Rev. 1889 (2012) ......................................................................... 10

    Marc Myers, Behind the Remastering Boom,

    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, Dec. 14, 2012 ................................................... 5 Melville B. Miller and David Nimmer, Nimmer on Copyright

    § 2.10[A][2] ............................................................................................. 10, 11

     Noah Drake, Flo & Eddie, Inc.: Public Performance Rights for Pre- 1972 Sound Recordings, 6 Calif. L. Rev. Cir., at 61 (2015) ........................... 2

    Sound Recording Act of 1971, Pub. L. No 92-140, 85 Stat. 391 (1971) .......................................................... 4

    Steve Gordon & Anjana Puri, The Current State of Pre-1972 Sound  Recordings,

    4 NYU J. Intell. Prop. & Ent. L. 1 (2015) ..........

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