Zazzle injunction reversed: irreparable harm is hard to show

Greg Young Pub’g, Inc. v. Zazzle, Inc., No. 16-cv-04587 (C.D. Cal. Feb. 8, 2018)After a jury trial finding Zazzle liable for copyright infringement for producing goods with user-uploaded images, the court granted a preliminary injunction. Here, it vacates that injunction for failure to consider material facts and to provide a sufficient record on the multifactor test.Irreparable harm: Plaintiff alleged harm to its “competitive position” because Zazzle sold “unauthorized products,” and alleging “actual loss of market share,” as well as “harm by loss of reputation.” But there was no such evidence.  A conclusory declaration from plaintiff’s owner was insufficient.  Although they alleged direct competition, no evidence showed plaintiff’s products or those of licensees.  The fact of infringing sales and allegedly poor quality of images weren’t sufficient alone to show loss of reputation…

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