SEGA ENTERPRISES LTD. and SEGA OF AMERICA,
MAPHIA, a business of unknown structure; PARSAC, a business of unknown structure; PSYCHOSIS, a business of unknown structure; CHAD SCHERMAN aka CHAD SHERMAN aka “BRUJJO DIGITAL,” and DOES 2-6 aka “OPERATOR,” “FIREHEAD,” “LION,” “HARD CORE,” “CANDYMAN,” all individually and d/b/a/ MAPHIA and PARSAC; HOWARD SILBERG by his mother and next friend Ilene Silberg, aka “CAFFEINE,” and DOES 14-18 aka “APACHE,” “MAELSTROM,” “GAZZER,” “PARANOID/CHRYSEIS,” “DOOM” all individually and d/b/a/ PSYCHOSIS and PARSAC; DOES 7-12; DOES 19-25, Defendants.
No. C 93-4262 CW
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
857 F. Supp. 679 (1994); 30 U.S.P.Q.2D (BNA) 1921; Copy. L. Rep. (CCH) P27,309
March 28, 1994, Decided
March 28, 1994, Filed
JUDGES: [**1] WILKEN
OPINIONBY: CLAUDIA WILKEN
OPINION: [*681] FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW IN SUPPORT OF PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION, AND CONFIRMATION OF SEIZURE
This is an action for copyright infringement (under 15 U.S.C. @ 101 et seq.), federal trademark infringement (under 15 U.S.C @ 1051 et seq.), federal unfair competition/false designation of origin (under 15 U.S.C. @ 1125(a)), California trade name infringement (under California Business & Professions Code @ 14400 et seq.), and California unfair competition law (under California Business and Professions Code @ 14210, 17200-17203) against Defendant Chad Scherman and several other individuals operating on-line computer bulletin boards, and the MAPHIA and other bulletin boards as businesses of unknown origin. On December 9, 1993, the Court, the Honorable Fern M. Smith presiding, issued an ex parte Temporary Restraining Order, Seizure Order, and Order to Show Cause Re Why a Preliminary [*682] Injunction Should Not Issue enjoining Defendants’ use of Plaintiffs’ SEGA trademark and the direct and/or contributory infringement of Plaintiffs’ copyrights. [**2]
A hearing was held before Judge Smith on December 17, 1993, on Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction, pursuant to the order to show cause. At that hearing, Judge Smith continued the temporary restraining order in effect until further order of the Court. Thereafter, Defendant Paolo Rizzi, individually, filed a written stipulation to a preliminary injunction and confirmation of the seizure. Defendants Scherman and MAPHIA filed an opposition.
Following reassignment of this action to the undersigned, a further hearing was held on February 25, 1994. The Court now determines, having considered the pleadings, all papers filed by the parties, and the parties’ oral arguments, that a preliminary injunction should issue against Defendants Scherman and MAPHIA as ordered separately. Pursuant to F.R.C.P. 65(d), the Court makes the following Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law in support of the preliminary injunction and confirmation of the seizure order:
FINDINGS OF FACT
I. FINDINGS SUPPORTING PRELIMINARY INJUNCTIVE RELIEF
A. The parties and their activities
1. Plaintiff Sega Enterprises, Ltd. (“SEL”), is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of Japan. Compl. [**3] P 1.
2. Plaintiff Sega of America, Inc. (“SOA”), is a California corporation with a principal place of business in this district in San Mateo, California. SOA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SEL. SOA and SEL are hereinafter sometimes collectively referred to as “Sega” or “Plaintiffs.” Compl. P 2.
3. Defendant MAPHIA is a business of unknown structure doing business and located in San Francisco, California, within this District, engaged in the business of running a computer bulletin board and related activities. Yang Decl. P 12.
4. Defendant Chad Scherman (aka Chad Sherman, aka “Brujjo Digital”) is an individual residing in this district in San Francisco, California. Chad Scherman is in possession and/or control of the MAPHIA Bulletin Board, which is run from his residence where the computer and memory comprising the bulletin board are located, and does business as MAPHIA or Maphia Trading Company on such bulletin board. He is also one of the “system operators” of the MAPHIA bulletin board. Keene Decl. PP 2, 11.
B. The Business of Plaintiffs
5. Sega is a major manufacturer and distributor of computer video game systems and computer video games which are sold under the SEGA trademark, [**4] a registered trademark of Sega Enterprises, Ltd. (Federal Registration No. 1,566,116, issued November 14, 1989) owned by Sega. Yang Decl. P 3, Exh. A.
6. Sega’s computer video game programs are the subject of copyright under the laws …