The American Society of Composers_ Authors and Publishers_ Et Al Brief

Document Sample
The American Society of Composers_ Authors and Publishers_ Et Al Brief Powered By Docstoc
					09-0539
UNITED STATES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v.

2009-11-27

-cv(L),

09-0542-cv(CON), 09-0666-cv(XAP), 09-0692-cv(XAP), 09-1527-cv(XAP) IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS, AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS, Defendant-Appellant-Cross-Appellee, In Matter of the Applications of REALNETWORKS, INC., YAHOO! INC., Applicants-Appellees-Cross-Appellants. On Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Conner, J.) BRIEF FOR THE UNITED STATES TONY WEST Assistant Attorney General SCOTT R. MCINTOSH NICHOLAS BAGLEY (202) 514-2498 Attorneys, Appellate Staff Civil Division, Room 7226 Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20530-0001 PHILIP J. WEISER Deputy Assistant Attorney General CATHERINE G. O’SULLIVAN DAVID SEIDMAN (202) 514-4510 Attorneys, Appellate Section Antitrust Division, Room 3224 Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20530-0001

SOURCED: WWW.BACKGROUNDNOW.COM Page 1 of 45 www.BackgroundNow.com provides background checks to businesses; publishes fraud, corruption, and other criminal and civil case news; and distr butes case complaints, indictments, plea agreements and other court documents to analysts, bloggers, journalists, reporters and interested readers. Always keep in mind that indictments, complaints or informations are not evidence of guilt. These are descriptions of accusations made against defendants. Those accused are presumed innocent until guilt beyond a reasonable doubt is proven or until guilt is admitted or plead.

2009-11-27

TABLE OF CONTENTS JURISDICTIONAL STATEMENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 STATEMENT OF THE ISSUE PRESENTED FOR REVIEW. . . . . . . . . . 2 STATEMENT OF THE CASE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 STATEMENT OF FACTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 A. B. C. Statutory Background. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 The Current Proceeding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 The Decision on Appeal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 STANDARD OF REVIEW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 ARGUMENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 DOWNLOADING A MUSICAL WORK OVER THE INTERNET DOES NOT CONSTITUTE “PERFORM[ING] THE COPYRIGHTED WORK PUBLICLY.”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 1. 2. A Download Is Not a Performance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 The Definition of “Publicly” Does Not Eliminate the Need for a Perceptible Performance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 The District Court’s Conclusion Finds Additional Support in the Compulsory Licensing Scheme for Downloads.. . . . . . 27

3.

SOURCED: WWW.BACKGROUNDNOW.COM Page 2 of 45 www.BackgroundNow.com provides background checks to businesses; publishes fraud, corruption, and other criminal and civil case news; and distr butes case complaints, indictments, plea agreements and other court documents to analysts, bloggers, journalists, reporters and interested readers. Always keep in mind that indictments, complaints or informations are not evidence of guilt. These are descriptions of accusations made against defendants. Those accused are presumed innocent until guilt beyond a reasonable doubt is proven or until guilt is admitted or plead.

i

2009-11-27

4.

The District Court’s Decision Accords with Past Determinations of Expert Agencies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Music Authors Are Already Fairly Compensated for Downloads. . . . 
				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Tags:
Stats:
views:113
posted:11/27/2009
language:English
pages:45
BUY THIS DOCUMENT NOW PRICE: $10 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEED
PARTNER BackgroundNow.com Staff
Founded by Lee Hill and launched August 1st, 2003, BackgroundNow.com provides background checks to businesses; publishes fraud, corruption, and other criminal and civil case news; and distributes case complaints, indictments, plea agreements and other court documents to analysts, bloggers, journalists, reporters and interested readers.