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Digital Drilling Data Sys. LLC v. Petrolink Servs.

United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division

May 16, 2018, Decided; May 17, 2018, Filed, Entered

CIVIL ACTION NO. 4:15-CV-02172

Opinion

OPINION AND ORDER

Pending before the Court in the above-referenced cause of action are the following motions:

Filed by Plaintiff Digital Drilling Data Systems, LLC ("Digidrill" or "Plaintiff"):

1. Motion for Summary Judgment on Copyrightability (Doc. 93)

2. Motion for Partial Summary Judgment Against Defendants' Affirmative Defense of Fair Use (Doc. 94)

3. Motion for Summary Judgment on Violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Under 17 U.S.C. § 1201(a)(1)(A) (Doc. 95)

4. Motion for Summary Judgment on Copyright Infringement [*2]  Under 17 U.S.C. § 501(a) (Doc. 96)

Filed by Defendant Lee Geiser, president and chief executive of Petrolink Services, Inc.:

5. Motion for Summary Judgment on Copyright and Unjust Enrichment Causes of Action (Doc. 70)

Filed by Defendants Petrolink Services, Inc. and Lee Geiser ("Petrolink" or "Defendants"):

6. Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on Anti-Circumvention Causes of Action under 17 U.S.C. § 1201(a)(1)(A) (Doc. 73)

7. Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on Copyright Infringement and Unjust Enrichment Causes of Action (Doc. 87)

8. Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on Damages Under 17 U.S.C. § 1201(a)(1)(A) (Doc. 89)

9. Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on Copyright Infringement and Unjust Enrichment Causes of Action (Doc. 90)

10. Motion for Partial Summary Judgment with Respect to Digidrill's Indirect Profits Damages (Doc. 106)

Having considered the Motions, all responses thereto, the relevant facts and the applicable law, the Court finds that Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment on Copyrightability (Doc. 93) is granted in part and denied in part, Defendants' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on Copyright Infringement and Unjust Enrichment Causes of Action (Doc. 87) is granted in part and denied in part, Defendants' Motion for Partial Summary [*3]  Judgment on Copyright Infringement and Unjust Enrichment Causes of Action (Doc. 90) is granted in part and denied in part, Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment on Copyright Infringement Under 17 U.S.C. § 501(a) (Doc. 96) is denied, Defendants' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on Anti-Circumvention Causes of Action under 17 U.S.C. § 1201(a)(1)(A) (Doc. 73) is granted, Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment on Violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Under 17 U.S.C. § 1201(a)(1)(A) (Doc. 95) is denied, Defendant Lee Geiser's Motion for Summary Judgment on Copyright and Unjust Enrichment Causes of Action (Doc. 70) is denied, Plaintiff's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment Against Defendants' Affirmative Defense of Fair Use (Doc. 94) is denied as moot, Defendants' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on Damages Under 17 U.S.C. § 1201(a)(1)(A) (Doc. 89) is denied as moot, and Defendants' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment with Respect to Digidrill's Indirect Profits Damages (Doc. 106) is denied as moot.

I. FACTUAL BACKGROUND

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2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83158 *; Copy. L. Rep. (CCH) P31,271; 2018 WL 2267139

DIGITAL DRILLING DATA SYSTEMS LLC, Plaintiff, VS. PETROLINK SERVICES INC. and LEE GEISER, Defendants.

Subsequent History: Motion granted by, in part, Motion denied by, in part, Costs and fees proceeding at, Request granted Digital Drilling Data Sys. LLC v. Petrolink Servs., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10122 (S.D. Tex., Jan. 22, 2019)

Affirmed by, Remanded by Dig. Drilling Data Sys., L.L.C. v. Petrolink Servs., 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 20803 (5th Cir. Tex., July 2, 2020)

CORE TERMS

database, infringement, hack, user, Enrichment, raw, output, Partial, software, Unjust, circumvented, technological, password, gamma, input, query, dongle, Interface, drill, calculations, nonliteral, format, embodied, memory, depth, real-time, Anti-Circumvention, obfuscation, columns, genuine