Asat Outdoors, LLC v. Chapter 4 Corp.

Southern District of New York, nysd-1:2019-cv-10462

COMPLAINT against Chapter 4 Corp. (Filing Fee $ 400.00, Receipt Number ANYSDC-18030452)Document filed by ASAT Outdoors, LLC.

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK ASAT OUTDOORS, LLC Plaintiff, Docket No. 1:19-cv-10462 - against - JURY TRIAL DEMANDED CHAPTER 4 CORP. Defendant. COMPLAINT Plaintiff ASAT Outdoors, LLC ("ASAT" or "Plaintiff") by and through its undersigned counsel, as and for its Complaint against Defendant Chapter 4 Corp. ("Chapter 4" or "Defendant") hereby alleges as follows: NATURE OF THE ACTION 1. This is an action for copyright infringement under Section 501 of the Copyright Act. This action arises out of Defendant's unauthorized reproduction and public display of a copyrighted camouflage design, owned and registered by ASAT, an apparel company. Accordingly, ASAT seeks monetary relief under the Copyright Act of the United States, as amended, 17 U.S.C. § 101 et seq. JURISDICTION AND VENUE 2. This claim arises under the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 101 et seq., and this Court has subject matter jurisdiction over this action pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 and 1338(a). 3. This Court has personal jurisdiction over Defendant because Defendant resides and/or transacts business in New York. 4. Venue is proper in this District pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b). PARTIES 5. ASAT is an apparel company in the business of selling camouflage apparel and licensing its camouflage design for a fee having a usual place of business at 600 Timber Rose Terrace, Stevensville, Montana 59870. 6. Upon information and belief, Chapter 4 is a domestic business corporation company duly organized and existing under the laws of the State of New York, with a place of business at 62 King Street, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10014. Upon information and belief, Chapter 4 is registered with the New York State Department of Corporations to do business in New York. At all times material, hereto, Chapter 4 has owned and operated a website at the URL: (the "Website"). STATEMENT OF FACTS A. Background and Plaintiff's Ownership of the Design 7. ASAT owns the copyright to a camouflage design (the "Design"). A true and correct copy of the Design is attached hereto as Exhibit A. 8. The Design was created in 1985. 9. ASAT is the author of the Design and has at all times been the sole owner of all right, title and interest in and to the Design, including the copyright thereto. 10. The Design was registered with the United States Copyright Office and was given registration number VA 209-141. B. Defendant's Infringing Activities 11. Chapter 4 copied the Design and created derivative works of the Design and placed it on their apparel such as hats, pants and jackets to sell on their website and in stores. See Exhibit B. 12. Chapter 4 did not license the Design from Plaintiff for its apparel, nor did Chapter 4 have Plaintiff's permission or consent to use or sell Design on its apparel. CLAIM FOR RELIEF (COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT AGAINST CHAPTER 4) (17 U.S.C. §§ 106, 501) 13. Plaintiff incorporates by reference each and every allegation contained in Paragraphs 1-12 above. 14. Chapter 4 infringed Plaintiff's copyright in the Design by reproducing and publicly displaying the Design on its apparel. Chapter 4 is not, and has never been, licensed or otherwise authorized to reproduce, publically display, distribute and/or use the Design. 15. The acts of Defendant complained of herein constitute infringement of Plaintiff's copyright and exclusive rights under copyright in violation of Sections 106 and 501 of the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. §§ 106 and 501. 16. Upon information and belief, the foregoing acts of infringement by Chapter 4 have been willful, intentional, and purposeful, in disregard of and indifference to Plaintiff's rights. 17. As a direct and proximate cause of the infringement by the Defendant of Plaintiff's copyright and exclusive rights under copyright, Plaintiff is entitled to damages and defendant's profits pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 504(b) for the infringement. 18. Alternatively, Plaintiff is entitled to statutory damages up to $150,000 per work infringed for Defendant's willful infringement of the Design, pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 504(c). 19. Plaintiff further is entitled to its attorney's fees and full costs pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 505. PRAYER FOR RELIEF WHEREFORE, Plaintiff respectfully requests judgment as follows: 1. That Defendant Chapter 4 be adjudged to have infringed upon Plaintiff's copyrights in the Design in violation of 17 U.S.C §§ 106 and 501; 2. Plaintiff be awarded either: a) Plaintiff's actual damages and Defendant's profits, gains or advantages of any kind attributable to Defendant's infringement of Plaintiff's Design; or b) alternatively, statutory damages of up to $150,000 per copyrighted work infringed pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 504; 3. That Defendant be required to account for all profits, income, receipts, or other benefits derived by Defendant as a result of its unlawful conduct; 4. That Plaintiff be awarded its costs, expenses and attorneys' fees pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 505; 5. That Plaintiff be awarded pre-judgment interest; and 6. Such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper. DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL Plaintiff hereby demands a trial by jury on all issues so triable in accordance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 38(b). Dated: Valley Stream, New York November 11, 2019 LIEBOWITZ LAW FIRM, PLLC By: /s/Richard Liebowitz Richard P. Liebowitz 11 Sunrise Plaza, Suite 305 Valley Stream, New York Tel: 516-233-1660 Attorneys for Plaintiff ASAT Outdoors, LLC