Udemy class action

Title: HARRISON SNOW KINSLEY, Plaintiff, v. UDEMY, INC., Defendant.


Case Number: 19-cv-04334-JSC

Date: Mar 31, 2021


Harrison Kinsley, a computer programing educator, filed this action alleging that Udemy, Inc. (“Udemy”) reproduced and distributed his copyrighted works in violation of the federal Copyright Act and state law. Before the Court is Udemy’s summary judgment motion. (Dkt. No. 56.) Udemy contends that no triable issues of material fact exist and that it is protected from Mr. Kinsley’s claims under the Copyright Act’s safe harbor. After carefully considering the parties’ briefing, the Court concludes that oral argument is not necessary, see N.D. Cal. Civ. L.R. 7-1(b), vacates the April 1, 2021 hearing, and GRANTS Udemy’s motion. No reasonable trier of fact could find for Mr. Kinsley on any claim.



For the reasons set forth above, Udemy’s summary judgment motion is GRANTED. Udemy is protected from Mr. Kinsley’s copyright claims under 17 U.S.C. ยง 512(c)‘s safe harbor provision, and his non-copyright claims are preempted under the Copyright Act. Genuine issues of material fact do not exist, see Celotex Corp. v. Cattrett, 477 U.S. 317, 323 (1986) and no reasonable trier of fact could find for Mr. Kinsey on any claim, see Anderson, 477 U.S. at 248. Judgment must be entered in favor of Udemy and against Mr. Kinsey. Furthermore, the Court GRANTS Udemy’s administrative motion to seal because it is narrowly tailored. See N.D. Cal. Civ. L.R. 79-5(b).

This Order disposes of Dkt. Nos. 55 & 56.

IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: March 31, 2021

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