HyperQuest, Inc. v. N’Site Solutions, Inc., No. 08 C 483, 2008 WL 1968554 (N.D. Ill. May 1, 2008) (Shadur, Sen. J.).

Judge Shadur dismissed plaintiff’s copyright infringement case for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Plaintiff argued that it was the exclusive licensee of the copyright. But the Court held that plaintiff’s license was nonexclusive because licensor retained various rights, including, the rights to:

  • Make derivative works;
  • Reproduce the work; and
  • Sell the copyrighted software.

But the Court’s adoption of defendants’ reply was its most notable feature:

To that end [defendants’] Reply addressed fully every aspect of [plaintiff’s] attempt to characterize itself as an exclusive licensee . . . and it completely scotched HQ’s position. Because the Reply has covered the waterfront so thoroughly and persuasively, this Court finds it unnecessary to reiterate the analysis there piece by piece-instead it simply adopts [defendants’] presentation as proffered in the Reply.