Penguin Group (USA) Inc., v. American Buddha

Docket Number: 09-1739
Judge: Per curiam
Opinion Date: May 12, 2011

Plaintiff, Penguin Group (USA) Inc. (“Penguin”), filed suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against defendant, an Oregon not-for-profit corporation with its principal place of business in Arizona, alleging that defendant’s posting of four Penguin books on the Internet violated Penguin’s copyrights in works that it had published. In answer to a question the court certified to the New York Court of Appeals, that court concluded that “[in] copyright infringement cases involving the uploading of a copyrighted printed literary work onto the Internet, … the situs of injury for purposes of determining long-arm jurisdiction under [the relevant section of New York’s long-arm-jurisdiction statute is] … the location of the copyright holder.” Accordingly, the court held that the Court of Appeals’ decision compelled it to conclude, for purposes of the personal jurisdiction analysis pursuant to New York’s long-arm statute, that the situs of Penguin’s alleged injury was New York. Therefore, the judgment dismissing Penguin’s complaint was vacated and the case remanded to the district court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion and with the Court of Appeals’ response to the certified question.

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