Hendrickson v eBay et al
165 F. Supp 2d1082 (C.D. Cal. 2001)
U.S. District Judge Robert J. Kelleher
September 4, 2001
In this case, Hendrickson is the copyright owner of a movie and wants to sue Ebay, an Internet auction website along with two employees, claiming that they infringed copyright laws. Ebay moved for summary judgment, relying on the safe harbor provisions of the DMCA (Section 512).
It seems as if the case was decided based on the actions (or lack of) of Hendrickson. Ebay did not have actual knowledge of the sale of infringing items, as Hendrickson’s notice didn’t match the requirements of the DMCA. It didn’t contain a statement adequately identifying the infringing material.
There was also an issue concerning Ebay’s right and ability to control infringing activity. Ebay didn’t have the right and ability to exercise control, and so was immune to liability under the safe habor provisions of the DMCA. Richter and Ebay were determined to be innocent infringers, not knowing that any type of infringement was resulting from the sales.