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Getty Images, Inc. v. Clinics

United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle

March 20, 2014

GETTY IMAGES (US), INC., Plaintiff,
VIRTUAL CLINICS, et al., Defendants.


JAMES L. ROBART, District Judge.


The court ordered default judgment against Defendants Kendra and Ryan Camp ("the Camps") on January 31, 2014, and awarded Plaintiff Getty Images (US), Inc. ("Getty") $21, 433.00 in actual damages under 17 U.S.C. § 504(b) and prejudgment interest for the Camps' infringement of ten unregistered images. ( See 1/31/14 Ord. (Dkt. # 40).) Getty also requested maximum statutory damages for infringement of two registered images and a permanent injunction against the Camps. ( See id. ) After considering the evidence presented at a February 25, 2014, evidentiary hearing on these requests, Getty's post-hearing briefing ( see Brief (Dkt. # 46)), and the relevant law, the Court awards Getty maximum statutory damages of $300, 000.00 under 17 U.S.C. § 504(c)(2) for the Camps' willful copyright infringement and ENJOINS the Camps from engaging in future infringing activity.


Getty controls the intellectual property rights to numerous pictures of cats and dogs, 12 of which are at issue in this case. (Compl. (Dkt. # 1) ¶¶ 22-23.) Getty owns some of the images it licenses and also acts as a distributor for third-party content suppliers. ( Id. ¶ 14.) As Getty explained at the evidentiary hearing, Getty licenses images under different pricing structures. Getty customers who license rights-managed images have exclusive use and control of those images. Rights-managed images are often used by companies for major advertising campaigns, and customers pay a higher premium for the exclusivity associated with this model.

The Camps are a Florida couple who run a website design company from their home. (Camp Decl. (Dkt. # 16) ¶ 2.) They design websites for veterinarians and veterinary clinics, doing business as "Vet Web Designers."[1] ( Id. ) They use pictures of cats and dogs in the websites they design.

Getty brought a single claim of copyright infringement against the Camps in April 2013, [2] alleging that the Camps used pictures of cats and dogs exclusively licensed to Getty in designing websites for veterinarians. ( See Compl. ¶¶ 25, 33.) Getty also alleged that the Camps continued to use the images after they became aware of their infringement. ( Id. at ¶ 34.)

The Camps moved to dismiss the case for lack of personal jurisdiction under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(2) on June 3, 2013. ( See Mot. to Dismiss (Dkt. # 15)): Fed.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(2). Between the Camps' filing of that motion and the court's order denying the motion on September 9, 2013, the Camps' attorney withdrew from the case. ( See generally 7/19/13 Ord. (Dkt. # 21); 9/9/13 Ord. (Dkt. # 31).) After that point, the Camps stopped defending the action. ( See generally Dkt.) The court entered default against the Camps on October 15, 2013. (10/15/13 Ord. (Dkt. # 34).)

Getty subsequently moved for default judgment, and on January 31, 2014, the court ordered default judgment against the Camps, and awarded Getty actual damages of $21, 433.00 and prejudgment interest for copyright infringement of ten unregistered images. ( See generally Mot. for Def. Judg. (Dkt. # 35); 1/31/14 Ord.) The court also ordered an evidentiary hearing to determine the appropriate amount of statutory damages for willful copyright infringement of two registered images under 17 U.S.C. § 504(c)(2) and whether the court should issue a permanent injunction. ( See 1/31/14 Ord.) At the conclusion of the evidentiary hearing on February 25, 2014, the court requested additional briefing from Getty about the scope of Getty's proposed permanent injunction. ( See generally Brief.)


The court finds that an award of maximum statutory damages of $300, 000.00 for the Camps' willful infringement is appropriate in this case. The Camps infringed Getty's copyrights with the knowledge that they were doing so, and saved expenses and generated profit through their infringing use. The Camps' actions also cost Getty revenue it otherwise would have received had the two rights-managed images been properly licensed to maintain their exclusivity. Further, an award of maximum statutory damages in this case will serve to protect the copyright system from flagrant violation of the law.

The court has wide discretion in determining the amount of statutory damages to be awarded within the ranges provided by 17 U.S.C. § 504(c)(1)-(2). Harris v. Emus Records Corp., 734 F.2d 1329, 1335 (9th Cir. 1984). The court is directed to do "what is just in the particular case, considering the nature of the copyright, the circumstances of the infringement and the like... but with the express qualification that in every case the assessment must be within the prescribed [statutory range]. Within these limitations the court's discretion and sense of justice are controlling...." F.W. Woolworth Co. v. Contemporary Arts, Inc., 344 U.S. 228, 232 (1952) (citing L.A. Westermann Co. v. Dispatch Printing Co., 249 U.S. 100, 106-07 (1919)). "Statutory damages are particularly appropriate in a case... in which [a] defendant has failed to mount any defense or to participate in discovery...." Jackson v. Sturkie, 255 F.Supp.2d 1096, 1101 (N.D. Cal. 2003). Further, "[b]ecause awards of statutory damages serve both compensatory and punitive purposes, a plaintiff may recover statutory damages whether or not there is adequate evidence of the actual damages suffered by plaintiff or of the profits reaped by defendant.'" L.A. News Serv. v. Reuters Television Intern., Ltd., 149 F.3d 987, 996 (9th Cir. 1998) (quoting Harris, 734 F.2d at 1335). If a plaintiff demonstrates that the infringer's conduct was willful, the court may award maximum statutory damages of $150, 000.00 per infringement. See 17 U.S.C. § 504(c)(2).

In its order granting default judgment, the court stated that four factors would inform its determination of the appropriate amount of statutory damages. (1/31/14 Ord. at 15-16.) The factors are: (1) the infringer's profits and expenses saved because of the infringement; (2) the plaintiff's lost revenues; (3) the strong public interest in ensuring the integrity of copyright laws; and (4) whether the infringer acted willfully. See, e.g., P. Stock, Inc. v. MacArthur & Co. Inc., Civil No. 11-00720 JMS/BMK, 2012 WL 3985719, at *5 (D. Haw. Sept. 10, 2012); Controversy Music v. Shiferaw, No. C03-5254 MJJ, 2003 WL 22048519, at *2 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 20, 2003); Original Appalachian Artworks, Inc. v. J.F. Reichert, Inc., 658 F.Supp. 458, 465 (E.D. Pa. 1987); Rare Blue Music, Inc. v. Guttadauro, 616 F.Supp. 1528, 1530 (D. Mass. 1985); Milene Music, Inc. v. Gotauco, 551 F.Supp. 1288, 1296 (D.R.I. 1982). The first two factors are largely analogues of each other so the court will analyze them together. The balance of factors counsels in favor of granting Getty maximum statutory damages of $300, 000.00.

a. The Camps' Profits and Expenses Saved, as well as Getty's Lost Revenue, Support a Heightened Statutory Damages Award

The first two factors-(1) the infringer's profits and expenses saved and (2) the plaintiff's lost revenues-are relatively straightforward inquiries. However, these factors are generally given less weight than the others because of the inherent uncertainty in calculating an infringer's profits and a plaintiff's lost revenue. Milene Music, 551 F.Supp. at 1296. Indeed, "most courts that have pondered the issue do not attach great weight to profits gained or to income lost, because these amounts are difficult to monetize, and may be marginal at best." Id.

In this case, the profits that the Camps made from their infringing conduct and the amount of revenue Getty has lost because of the Camps' activity are uncertain. Getty has presented evidence that the Camps have made over $1 million from the websites they have designed and that $21, 794.00 of that amount was directly attributable to five websites on which the Camps illegally posted the two images for which Getty seeks statutory damages. ( See Mot. for Def. Judg. at 16 (citing Houck Decl. (Dkt. # 24) ¶ 4).) The Camps' profits were not negligible, even if modest and uncertain.

Getty also conservatively estimates that its lost revenue and the licensing costs saved by the Camps are a relatively minor $4, 655.00. However, Getty contends that rights-managed images, like the two at issue here, are particularly subject to adverse commercial consequences when they are infringed because the images lose their exclusivity. It is therefore possible that Getty lost additional revenue from customers who might have licensed these images or other rights-managed images, but did not do so because Getty could not guarantee the images' exclusivity. Therefore, although the lost revenue and profits gained in this case seem to be relatively modest, the broader impact of the Camps' infringement on Getty's revenue generation supports a heightened statutory damages award.

These two factors, therefore, support a statutory damages award above the statutory minimum, but do not on their own support a maximum statutory damages award. See 17 U.S.C. § 504(c)(1)-(2). However, because there need not be "actual evidence" of an infringer's profits or a plaintiff's losses for maximum statutory damages to be appropriate, the court turns to the remaining two factors. See L.A. News, 149 F.3d at 996.

b. The Public's Strong Interest in Maintaining the Integrity of Copyright Laws Supports a Maximum Statutory Damages Award

Under this factor, courts often evaluate the public's interest in ensuring the integrity of copyright laws by looking at the severity of the infringers' conduct. If the infringing conduct is severe, a court is more likely to award higher statutory damages because the higher award will deter such conduct in the future. See, e.g., Warner Bros. Enter. v. Caridi, 346 F.Supp.2d 1068, 1074 (C.D. Cal. 2004). "An award of the statutory maximum protects not only the copyrighted materials at issue, but also the entire entrepreneurial system upon which [a copyright holder] relies." Teri Woods Pub., L.L.C. v. Williams, No. 12-4554, 2013 WL 6179182, at *4 (E.D. Pa. Nov. 25, 2013). "[C]ourts have repeatedly emphasized that defendants must not be able to sneer in the face of copyright owners and copyright laws." Tu v. TAD Sys. Tech. Inc., No. 08-CV-3822 (SLT) (RM), 2009 WL 2905780, at *6 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 10, 2009) (quoting N.Y. Chinese TV Prog., Inc. v. U.E. Enter., Inc., No. 89 Civ. 6082RWS (KAR), 1991 WL 113283, at *4 (June 14, 1991)). This factor dovetails with the "goal of discouraging wrongful conduct." Controversy Music, 2003 WL 22048519, at *2 (citing F.W. Woolworth, 344 U.S. at 233).

In the present case, the Camps failed to end their infringement despite repeated notifications of their infringing use and opportunities to settle the matter swiftly with Getty. ( See Pinto Decl. (Dkt. # 36) at 13-22.) Their infringing conduct is similar to that in other cases in the Ninth Circuit where maximum statutory damages have been imposed. In IO Group, Inc. v. Antelope Media LLC, No. C-08-4050 MMC, 2010 WL 2198707, at *1-2 (N.D. Cal. May 28, 2010), the district court found maximum statutory damages for copyright infringement appropriate where the defendants "gained commercial advantage by using plaintiff's copyrighted works, specifically, by displaying plaintiff's works on defendants' websites"; transferred "ownership of their websites to fictitious names" after the suit was instituted; and precluded the "plaintiff from determining [the] actual loss... incurred." In addition, the district court in Caridi imposed a maximum statutory damages award on the defendant in part because he failed "to proffer any defense or participate in discovery or engage in settlement negotiations." 346 F.Supp.2d at 1074. The facts of these cases are similar to the one before the court. The Camps similarly gained commercial advantage by using Getty's copyrighted works on their websites, engaged in deception by using fictitious names, and failed to participate beyond limited discovery early in the case. ( See Pinto Decl. at 13-22; Wojtczak Decl. (Dkt. # 28) at 2.) A maximum award of $300, 000.00 alerts copyright infringers that they may not "sneer in the face of... copyright laws" without facing consequences. Tu, 2009 WL 2905780, at *6. Thus, it is in the public interest to protect the copyright system by awarding Getty maximum statutory damages.

c. The Camps Acted Willfully in Infringing Getty's Copyrights

Getty must show that the Camps' acted willfully such that their infringing conduct occurred "with knowledge that [it] constituted copyright infringement." Danjaq LLC v. Sony Corp., 263 F.3d 942, 957 (9th Cir. 2001). This factor is typically given the most weight by courts in determining an appropriate amount of statutory damages. See Milene Music, 551 F.Supp. at 1296 ("Courts... have focused largely on the element of intent...."). "[T]he per-infringement award tends understandably to escalate, in direct proportion to the blameworthiness of the infringing conduct." Id. "Where defendants have ignored or disregarded notices of the need for licensing, willful infringement has been found." Street Talk Tunes v. Vacaville Recreation Corp., No. CIV S-05-2401FCDJFM, 2006 WL 2423429, at *2 (E.D. Cal. 2006).

At the evidentiary hearing, Getty provided substantial evidence that the Camps were aware that their conduct infringed Getty's copyrights. Getty first informed the Camps of their infringing activity in 2007, and the Camps continued to infringe images licensed exclusively to Getty, even after this suit was instituted in April 2013. (Pinto Decl. at 13-22.) The Camps received notice of their infringement because "Abe Goldstien, " the Camps' purported attorney, responded to Getty at least 21 times to deny that the Camps had engaged in any infringement. (Wojtczak Decl. at 2.) The Camps also initially participated in the suit, moving to dismiss the case for lack of personal jurisdiction. ( See generally Mot. to Dismiss.) Therefore, the Camps knew by at least 2007 that they were infringing Getty's copyrights, but nevertheless continued their infringement. Such sustained violation of the law supports a maximum award.

For the reasons discussed above, the court in its discretion GRANTS Getty $300, 000.00 for the Camps' willful infringement of two registered copyrights. An award of maximum statutory damages is appropriate particularly because of the Camps' willful conduct and the public interest in protecting copyrights against sustained infringement.


The Copyright Act authorizes a court to "grant temporary and final injunctions on such terms as it may deem reasonable to prevent or restrain infringement of a copyright." 17 U.S.C. § 502(a). But "an injunction [does not] automatically follow[] a determination that a copyright has been infringed." eBay Inc. v. MercExchange, L.L.C., 547 U.S. 388, 392 (2006). "An injunction should issue only where the intervention of a court of equity is essential in order effectually to protect property rights against injuries otherwise irremediable.'" Weinberger v. Romero-Barcelo, 456 U.S. 305, 312 (1982) (quoting Cavanaugh v. Looney, 248 U.S. 453, 456 (1919)). If granted, "[a] permanent injunction must be carefully crafted, " Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer v. Grokster, 518 F.Supp.2d 1197, 1226 (C.D. Cal. 2007), and must be specific, Fed.R.Civ.P. 65(d). Indeed, "[i]njunctive relief should be narrowly tailored to fit specific legal violations.'" Silicon Images, Inc. v. Analogix Semiconductor, 642 F.Supp.2d 957, 966 (N.D. Cal. 2008) (quoting Waldman Pub. Corp. v. Landoll, Inc., 43 F.3d 775, 785 (2d Cir. 1994)).

Four factors govern a court's decision whether to grant a permanent injunction in a copyright infringement case: (1) whether the plaintiff has suffered irreparable injury; (2) whether the plaintiff can be adequately compensated by a remedy at law such as monetary damages; (3) whether the balance of hardships between the plaintiff and defendant favors the plaintiffs; and (4) whether the permanent injunction will serve the public. eBay, 547 U.S. at 390.

Getty requests a permanent injunction because the Camps "failed to cease their infringing activities, " "employed deception in furtherance of their business, " and "encouraged harassment of Getty Images." (Mot. for Def. Judg. at 19.) Getty's requested injunction in Part I enjoins the Camps from doing several acts: (a) "reproducing, distributing, displaying or making any other infringing uses" of the 12 images at issue in this case; (b) "modifying, altering or incorporating copyright-protected elements" of the 12 images "in new works"; (c) infringing any other images owned or licensed by Getty; and (d) "assisting, aiding or abetting any other person or entity in engaging or performing any activities" listed above ( See Prop. Inj. (Dkt. # 35-2) at 2-3). The court finds that the four-part test supports granting permanent injunctive relief and that Getty's proposed injunction is narrowly tailored to prevent the Camps from continuing to infringe Getty's copyrights. The court therefore adopts Getty's proposed injunction in full at the end of this order.

a. Getty Has Suffered Irreparable Injury

The first factor-irreparable harm-may be shown where there is "[j]eopardy to a company's competitive position caused by copyright infringement, " or where there is "the threat of the loss of prospective customers, goodwill, or reputation...." Bean v. Pearson Educ., Inc., No. CV 11-8030-PCT-PGR, 2011 WL 1211684, at *2 (D. Ariz. Mar. 30, 2011); accord Stuhlbarg Intern. Sales Co., Inc. v. John D. Brush & Co., Inc., 240 F.3d 832, 841 (9th Cir. 2001) ("Evidence of threatened loss of prospective customers or goodwill certainly supports a finding of the possibility of irreparable harm."). Such "intangible injuries are irreparable because quantifying their harm is impractical or impossible, and... cannot be fully remedied with a financial award." Bean, 2011 WL 1211684, at *2. Irreparable harm must be "real and significant, not speculative or remote." Id. There is no presumption of irreparable harm just because a copyright has been infringed. Flexible Lifeline Sys., Inc. v. Precision Lift, Inc., 654 F.3d 989, 995 (9th Cir. 2011).

Getty has suffered irreparable harm in this case. As discussed above, the 12 images the Camps have infringed are rights-managed images, which require exclusivity. Getty has demonstrated that it faces a potential loss of customers, goodwill, and reputation from the Camps' threat to Getty's exclusivity. (Compl. ¶ 37 ("[D]efendants' infringements interfere with Getty Images' goodwill and customer relations.").) These intangible injuries support a finding of irreparable harm and enjoining the Camps from future infringing activity.

b. Getty Cannot Be Adequately Compensated by a Remedy at Law

For the second factor, the plaintiff must show that "remedies available at law, such as monetary damages, are inadequate to compensate for the injury." eBay, 547 U.S. at 391. "[T]he requisite analysis for [this] factor... inevitably overlaps with that of the first...." MercExchange L.L.C. v. eBay, Inc., 500 F.Supp.2d 556, 582 (E.D. Va. 2007). A remedy may be inadequate if it cannot be collected because of insolvency or if obtaining the remedy would require a "multiplicity of suits." See, e.g., Grokster, 518 F.Supp.2d at 1220 (quoting Douglas Laycock, The Death of the Irreparable Injury Rule, 103 HARV. L. REV. 687, 714-716 (1990)).

Getty has shown that monetary damages are inadequate to compensate them for the Camps' infringement. Given that the Camps have not participated in this case since they moved the court to dismiss the case for lack of personal jurisdiction in June 2013, it is likely that Getty will be unable to collect its monetary judgment from the Camps. ( See Mot. to Dismiss (Dkt. # 15); see generally Dkt.) In addition, the Camps have infringed additional Getty images since this suit was instituted in April 2013. It is therefore likely that Getty would have to institute additional suits to end the Camps' infringement and collect its judgment if a permanent injunction were not entered. Thus, the court finds that monetary damages alone are inadequate to compensate Getty for the Camps' infringement.

c. The Balance of Hardships Favors Getty

Under the third factor, the court must consider "the hardships that might afflict the parties by the grant or denial of Plaintiffs' motion for a permanent injunction." Grokster, 518 F.Supp.2d at 1220. The court looks at the plaintiff's hardship if the infringing behavior does not stop, as well as the defendant's "hardship in refraining from its infringement." See, e.g., Amini Innovation Corp. v. KTY Intern. Mktg., 768 F.Supp.2d 1049, 1057 (C.D. Cal. 2011). A court may find that the balance of hardships favors a defendant where there is a "separate legitimate business purpose" for the infringement. See, e.g., Grokster, 518 F.Supp.2d at 1220 (discussing how the balance of hardships may favor an infringing defendant).

There is no evidence that the Camps have a legitimate business purpose for their infringement; rather, the evidence produced at the hearing suggests that the Camps' infringement stems from an unwillingness to obtain proper licensing for the images they wish to use. In contrast, Getty stands to lose business and the ability to protect the content it licenses from photographers and offers to its customers on an exclusive basis. Because there is no legitimate purpose for the Camps' infringement and there is a threat to Getty's business, the balance of hardships favors Getty.

d. A Permanent Injunction Will Serve the Public Interest in Protecting Copyrights and Copyright Holders

Finally, under the fourth factor, a permanent injunction is appropriate only if it will serve the public. Courts usually find that "the public interest is... served when the rights of copyright holders are protected against acts likely constituting infringement." Perfect 10 v., Inc., 487 F.3d 701 (9th Cir. 2001); accord Disney Enter., Inc. v. Delane, 446 F.Supp.2d 402, 408 (D. Md. 2006) ("[T]here is a greater public benefit in securing the integrity of Plaintiffs' copyrights than in allowing [a defendant] to make Plaintiffs' copyrighted material available to the public."). In short, the court asks whether the public will benefit from protecting the plaintiff's copyright or from protecting the defendant's infringing conduct. See, e.g., Grokster, 518 F.Supp.2d at 1221. This factor is largely the same as that analyzed under the statutory damages analysis.

The public interest favors protecting Getty's copyrights. At the evidentiary hearing, Getty presented evidence that its relationship with photographers who license their photos to Getty depends on Getty's ability to enforce copyrights. Further, the rights-managed images model loses its exclusivity if people like the Camps are allowed to infringe copyrights. In contrast, the public would not benefit from protecting the Camps' infringement because the Camps have no legitimate reason for doing so.

Therefore, all four factors support entering a permanent injunction against the Camps. Getty has suffered irreparable injury, cannot be adequately compensated by monetary damages, and is faced with greater hardship than the Camps. Further, it is in the public's interest to protect copyrights from severe and sustained infringement like that in which the Camps have engaged.

e. The Scope of Getty's Proposed Permanent Injunction is Narrowly Tailored

The court turns next to the scope of the injunction, which must be narrowly tailored. Silicon Images, 642 F.Supp.2d at 966. At the evidentiary hearing, the court requested supplemental briefing from Getty regarding the final four parts of its proposed injunction to ensure that any permanent injunction the court would issue would be "carefully crafted" to specify exactly what infringing conduct is enjoined. The court finds that Getty's proposed permanent injunction is narrowly tailored to preventing future infringement of the same character. The court will address each component of the proposed injunction in turn.

Part 1(a) of Getty's proposed permanent injunction would enjoin the Camps from further infringement of the 12 images at issue in the suit. (Prop. Inj. at 2.) Specifically, Part 1(a) would prevent the Camps from "reproducing, distributing, displaying, or making any other infringing uses of the [12] copyrighted works." ( Id. ) The court finds this part of the injunction reasonable because it is directed toward ending the Camps' infringement of the 12 copyrights in this case.

Part 1(b) of the proposed injunction seeks to enjoin the Camps from "modifying, altering, or incorporating copyright-protected elements" of these 12 images in new works. (Prop. Inj. at 2.) Getty alleged that the Camps altered its images by "adding spots and making other alterations to the photographs." (Mot. for Def. Judg. at 5.) Essentially, Getty seeks to prevent the Camps from using Getty's images to create unauthorized derivative works, one of the exclusive rights granted to copyright holders under 17 U.S.C. § 106. See 17 U.S.C. § 106. Getty has demonstrated that the Camps, when confronted with their infringement, modified some of Getty's images in an apparent attempt to circumvent liability for their infringement. ( See, e.g., Mot. for Def. Judg. at 5.) Therefore, the court finds that this part of the proposed injunction is narrowly tailored to prevent the Camps from engaging in the same kind of infringing behavior they have engaged in since at least 2007.

Part 1(c) would enjoin the Camps from infringing any other images that Getty owns or licenses. (Prop. Inj. at 3.) Although this part of the proposed injunction may seem far-reaching at first glance, Ninth Circuit precedent supports enjoining infringers from infringing other materials owned or produced by the plaintiff. See, e.g., Apple Inc. v. Psystar Corp., 658 F.3d 1150, 1152 (9th Cir. 2011) ( Apple II ). In Apple II, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals permanently enjoined future infringement of copyrighted works "because liability has been established as between the parties, and the threat of harm through future infringement... is real." Id. at 1161. In this case, liability has been established between Getty and the Camps through the Camps' default, and Getty has demonstrated a threat of future infringement by the Camps, particularly in light of their continued infringement even after this lawsuit was filed. Therefore, the court finds that it is appropriate to include this provision in the injunction because, even with it included, the injunction remains narrowly tailored to prevent legal violations of a similar kind to those that have already occurred: namely, direct infringement of Getty copyrights by the Camps.

Part 1(d) of the proposed injunction would prevent the Camps from "assisting, aiding or abetting any other person or entity in engaging or performing any of the activities" in Parts 1(a)-(c) of the proposed injunction. ( See Prop. Inj. at 2-3.) This part of the injunction is meant to "enjoin the Camps from conduct that does not constitute direct infringement" (Brief at 5), because Getty has alleged that the Camps encouraged infringement of Getty's photos, (Mot. for Def. Judg. at 3, n.1). The court finds that the Ninth Circuit's rationale regarding enjoining defendants from infringing additional works beyond those at issue in the case extends to enjoining defendants from engaging in other forms of infringement against the same plaintiff. See Apple II, 658 F.3d at 1152; see also Microsoft Corp. v. Lopez, No. C08-1743-JCC, 2009 WL 959219, at *5 (W.D. Wash. Apr. 7, 2009) (using "aiding and abetting" language in a permanent injunction to prevent defendants from engaging in contributory infringement); Microsoft Corp. v. EEE Business, Inc., 555 F.Supp.2d 1051, 1061 (N.D. Cal. 2008); DFSB Kollective Co., Ltd. v. Bing Yang, No. C 11-1051 CW, Permanent Injunction (Dkt. # 39) (N.D. Cal. Mar. 28, 2013); contra Grokster, 518 F.Supp.2d at 1226-27 (refusing to enjoin defendants from engaging in direct infringement of a copyright when they had engaged in only contributory infringement). Where liability has been established between the parties and there is a threat of future harm to plaintiffs from defendants' continued infringement, enjoining a defendant from engaging in contributory and vicarious infringement, as well as direct infringement, is reasonable and narrowly tailored to prevent similar infringement against the same plaintiff. The court therefore finds Part 1(d) narrowly tailored to preventing the Camps' further infringement.

f. Destruction of the Infringing Materials Under 17 U.S.C. § 503(b) is Appropriate

Under 17 U.S.C. § 503(b), a court has authority to order the destruction of all copies of the infringing material used by the defendants to infringe a copyright. See 17 U.S.C. § 503(b). Getty proposes in its injunction a provision that would order "the Camps [to] delete all copies of the copyrighted works listed in Paragraph 1(a) and any other photographic images owned or exclusively licensed to Getty Images from their computers and the websites they control." (Prop. Inj. at 3.) Courts in the Ninth Circuit have ordered the destruction of electronic materials used to infringe copyrights under 17 U.S.C. § 503(b). See, e.g., Sony BMG Music Enter. v. Gray, No. C-07-3854 WDB, 2008 WL 4239219, at *3-4 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 15, 2008); Autodesk, Inc. v. Flores, No. 10-CV-01917-LHK, 2011 WL 337836, at *11 (N.D Cal. Jan. 31, 2011). The court finds that ordering the Camps to destroy all images exclusively licensed or owned by Getty and to take down the infringing material from the websites they have designed is a meaningful step toward preventing the Camps from continuing to infringe Getty's copyrights. Thus, this provision of the proposed injunction is also narrowly tailored to prevent further infringement of a similar character.

For the reasons outlined above, the court adopts Getty's proposed injunction and ENJOINS the Camps from infringing copyrights Getty owns or licenses pursuant to the terms of the proposed injunction.


For the foregoing reasons, the court awards Getty maximum statutory damages of $300, 000.00 under 17 U.S.C. § 504 and ENJOINS the Camps from engaging in further infringing conduct according to Getty's proposed permanent injunction.

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