FLO & EDDIE, INC., a California Corporation, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiff-Appellee,
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
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?
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,
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.
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
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
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
MITCHELL STOLTZ, VERA RANIERI, Electronic Frontier
Foundation, San Francisco, CA, for Amicus Curiae Electronic
Frontier Foundation, in support of Defendant-Appellant
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
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
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 ...