Order Denying Motion to Dismiss


Before the court is Defendants Kendra and Ryan Camp’s (“the Camps”) motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction and improper venue. (Mot. (Dkt. # 15).) The Camps argue that they do not have sufficient contacts with the state of Washington to be sued here given that their business, which designs websites, operates out of Florida and has only two Washington customers. Plaintiff Getty Images (US), Inc. (“Getty”) argues that the Camps’ contacts with Washington are sufficient to establish personal jurisdiction. The court agrees with Getty, finding that all elements of the test for personal jurisdiction are met and that venue is proper in the Western District of Washington. Accordingly, the motion is DENIED.

This case is about pictures of cats and dogs. Getty controls the intellectual property rights to numerous pictures of cats and dogs. Getty is a digital content provider that licenses imagery, video, and music to business customers for use in websites, books, newspapers, magazines, television, and other mediums. Getty owns some of the images it licenses and also acts as a distributor for numerous third-party content suppliers.

The Camps are a Florida couple who run a website design company from their home. They design websites for veterinarians and veterinary clinics, doing business under the name of Vet Web Designers. They use pictures of cats and dogs in the websites they design.

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Reference Info:Legal Memoranda: Motions for Summary Judgment/Adjudication | State, 9th Circuit, Washington | United States

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