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Flo & Eddie, Inc. v. Sirius Xm Radio, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

February 16, 2017

FLO & EDDIE, INC., a California Corporation, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiff-Appellee,
v.
SIRIUS XM RADIO, INC., a Delaware Corporation, Defendant-Appellant, DOES, 1 THROUGH 10, Defendants.

          Argued: February 2, 2016

          Question Certified: April 13, 2016

          Certified Question Answered: December 20, 2016

         Defendant-Appellant Sirius XM Radio, Inc., appeals from the November 14, 2014 and December 12, 2014 orders of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (McMahon, J.) denying its motions, respectively, for summary judgment and for reconsideration in connection with Plaintiff-Appellee Flo & Eddie, Inc.'s copyright infringement suit. Flo & Eddie, Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio, Inc., No. 13-cv-5784 (CM), 2014 WL 7178134 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 12, 2014) (denial of motion for reconsideration); Flo & Eddie, Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio, Inc., 62 F.Supp.3d 325 (S.D.N.Y. 2014) (denial of motion for summary judgment). We previously concluded that the appeal raised a significant and unresolved issue of New York law that is determinative of this appeal: Is there a right of public performance for creators of pre-1972 sound recordings under New York law and, if so, what is the nature and scope of that right?

         We certified this question to the New York Court of Appeals. Flo & Eddie, Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio, Inc., 821 F.3d 265 (2d Cir. 2016). The Court of Appeals accepted certification and responded that New York common law does not recognize a right of public performance for creators of pre-1972 sound recordings. Flo & Eddie, Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio, Inc., 2016 WL 7349183 (N.Y. Dec. 20, 2016).

         In light of this ruling, we REVERSE the district court's denial of Appellant's motion for summary judgment and REMAND with instructions to grant Appellant's motion for summary judgment and to dismiss the case with prejudice.

          HARVEY GELLER (Henry Gradstein, Maryann R. Marzano, on the brief), Gradstein & Marzano, P.C., Los Angeles, CA; (Evan S. Cohen, on the brief), Los Angeles, CA; Michael Gervais, Arun S. Subramanian, Susman Godfrey LLP, New York, NY; Robert Rimberg, Goldberg Rimberg & Weg PLLC, for Plaintiff-Appellee

          DANIEL M. PETROCELLI (Cassandra L. Seto, on the brief), O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Los Angeles, CA; (Johnathan D. Hacker, on the brief), O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Washington, DC; for Defendant-Appellant

          BRANDON BUTLER, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC, for Amici Curiae Law Professors Gary Pulsinelli, Julie Ross, and Peter Jaszi, in support of Defendant-Appellant

          EUGENE VOLOKH, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA, for Amici Curiae Howard Abrams, Brandon Butler, Michael Carrier, Michael Carroll, Ralph Clifford, Brian Frye, William Gallagher, Eric Goldman, James Grimmelmann, Yvette Liebesman, Brian Love, Tyler Ochoa, David Olson, David Post, Michael Risch, Matthew Sag, Rebecca Tushnet, and David Welkowitz, in support of Defendant-Appellant

          MITCHELL STOLTZ, VERA RANIERI, Electronic Frontier Foundation, San Francisco, CA, for Amicus Curiae Electronic Frontier Foundation, in support of Defendant-Appellant

          R. BRUCE RICH, BENJAMIN E. MARKS, GREGORY SILBERT, TODD LARSON, KAMI LIZARRAGA, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, New York, NY, for Amicus Curiae Pandora Media, Inc., in support of Defendant-Appellant

          SHERWIN SIY, JOHN BERGMAYER, RAZA PANJWANI, Public Knowledge, Washington, DC, for Amicus Curiae Public Knowledge, in support of Defendant-Appellant

          STEPHEN B. KINNAIRD, Paul Hastings LLP, Washington, DC; RICK KAPLAN, National Association of Broadcasters, Washington, DC; for Amicus Curiae National Association of Broadcasters, in support of Defendant-Appellant

          ADAM R. BIALEK, STEPHEN J. BARRETT, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, New York, NY; DAVID L. DONOVAN, New York State Broadcasters Association, Inc., Albany, NY; for Amicus Curiae New York State ...


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