The jurisdiction discussion focused on defendant's website and New York's long-arm jurisdiction statute (did they "transact business in New York?"). With respect to the transfer request, the court analyzes 7 factors for a transfer under 28 U.S.C. 1404.
No. 1:08-cv-05831-HV-DCF (Doc. 57 filed Mar. 5, 2009)
Internet radio stations have never found a way to make substantial money from streaming music that listeners expect to hear free.
Capitol Records Inc. v. MP3tunes LLC, No. 07-cv-9931, 10/3/08 N.Y.L.J. "Decision of Interest" (S.D.N.Y. decided Sept. 29, 2008).
The case analyzed personal jurisdiction over both MP3tunes and Robertson under New York's long-arm statute (CPLR 302). Because MP3tunes is an interactive website, provides users with software, transfers of music files, and allows for the exchange of e-mails/postings, the court held that MP3tuns "transacts business in New York" under the long-arm statute. Further, the website's minimum contacts with New York meant that the assertion of personal jurisdiction would not offend "traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice."
Robertson, however, was not subject to the court's personal jurisdiction. There was no competent evidence that the CEO's only activities in New York (a single meeting and a speaking engagement at an industry forum) related to plaintiffs' claims. Nor was there competent evidence to show that Robertson exercised control over the corporations allegedly infringing activities in New York (important, because an individual defendant may also be subject to jurisdiction under New York's long-arm statute if a corporate defendant is acting as his agent).
A defendant "may be found", pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1400(a), in any district where the defendant is subject to personal jurisdiction. Therefore, the motion to dismiss for improper venue was denied.
The Court examined nine transfer-factors and denied defendants' motion to transfer the action.
(b) Amazon + Grand Theft Auto IV = gamers able to download music discovered via the game's 150 song soundtrack and play on portable devices.