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Steve Charles Vondran

Steve Charles Vondran

The Law Offices of Steven C. Vondan, P.C
  • Intellectual Property, Communications & Internet Law, Entertainment & Sports Law ...
  • Arizona, California
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Biography

Our law firm is a leader in intellectual property law. We have handled more software audits and torrent defense lawsuits than most other firms to our knowledge. We have a niche speciality practice in copyright infringement law and handle the following types of cases:

1. Software Audits (Business Software Alliance, BSA, SIIA, Vero, Siemens, Solidworks, Autodesk, Adobe and Microsoft)

2. Torrent Defense (ex. Malibu Media pornography and Strike 3 Holdings, LLC BitTorrent litigation cases in California Federal Court in the Southern, Central, Eastern and Northern District)

3. TV Signal Piracy cases (boxing match PPV infringement). Joe Hand Promotions, G&G Closed Circuit Events, Zuffa and J&J Sports Productions

4. Direct TV cases / Dish-Nagrstar piracy and IPTV defense

5. Copyright infringement litigation (jewelry, photo infringement, DMCA anti-circumvention of software access control, p2p file-sharing defense)

6. Trademark infringement & registration

7. California Right of Publicity Law / celebrity endorsement

8. First Amendment, Anti-SLAPP and social media disputes

We offer low flat rate legal fees in most non-litigation cases (ex. responding to ISP subpoena, or cease and desist or demand letters).

Practice Areas
    Intellectual Property
    Communications & Internet Law
    Internet Law, Media & Advertising, Telecommunications Law
    Entertainment & Sports Law
    Trademarks
    Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
Additional Practice Areas
  • BSA Audits
  • Torrent Defense
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Fair Use
  • Defamation & SLAPP
  • TV Piracy
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    On Select cases and subject to availablity. Call us at (877) 276-5084 for more information.
  • Contingent Fees
    We may agree to take all or part of your case on a contingency fee basis.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    We offer low flat rate legal fees for most non-litigation cases. We offer tenacious legal representation and great customer support and responsiveness.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Arizona
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California
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Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
The Law Offices of Steven C. Vondan, P.C
Current
Business & Real Esate & IP & Entertainment Law.
President and Founder
Copyright Policy Institute
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Oversee a Washington D.C. based copyright policy and advocacy non-profit organization and think tank. Focused on fair copyright policy and fair use rights.
Education
California St Univ Fullerton
Undergraduate Degree
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Whittier Coll School of Law
Law Degree
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Awards
Top 25 Copyright Infringement Law Firm in United States
Lex Machina
Our firm has appeared in over 200 federal court cases (mainly dealing with copyright infringement defense and Strike 3 Holdings, LLC torrent lawsuit litigation. We are now moving close to top 20 in the United States and will update this when that happens, as it will. This is judged per cases handled.
Recognized as #1 Copyright Infringement defense law firm in U.S.
Unicourt
Unicourt identified Vondran Legal® as the top copyright infringement defense law firm in 2020. We have handled many cases including photo, software, movie, video and jewelry infringement. This came as quite an honor.
CALI award for excellence in the study of Intellectual property law
CALI
Top Grade Entertainment Law
CALI award for Excellence in Legal Study
American Jurisprudence Award in Torts
Whittier Coll School of Law
Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 232337
Member
- Current
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Arizona State Bar
Executive Counsel for Intellectual Property Committee
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Activities: Discuss and analyzed issues such as trademark, parody, copyright, and patent trolling.
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Inside tips of handling GoDaddy and Domains by Proxy subpoenas
Steve Vondran, Esq.
The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know if you receive a subpoena from your ISP
Steve Vondran, Esq.
Understanding Vero software "phone-home" IP protection technology
Steve Vondran, Esq.
Copyright "Fair use
Steve Vondran, Esq.
Copyright "Fair use" tips for video producers
Steve Vondran, Esq.
How to choose a Strike 3 BitTorrent Defense law firm
Steve Vondran, Esq.
BSA software audit defense tips for auditees
Steve Vondran, Esq.
Damages possible in a California "Right of Publicity" lawsuit
Steve Vondran, Esq.
BSA software audit defense tips for auditees
Steve Vondran, Esq.
Siemens PLM software audit and defense guide
Steve Vondran, Esq.
Top tips to help settle a photo infringement dispute
Steve Vondran, Esq.
How to respond to a Soildworks software piracy demand
Steve Vondran, Esq.
Business Software Alliance settlements, what you need to know!
Steve Vondran, Esq.
Autodesk software audit survival tips
Steve Vondran, Esq.
Speaking Engagements
What every Doctor needs to know about Photo Infringement, Medical Liability, Internet Seminar
MedicalJustice.com
One hour podcast directed toward 50,000 medical professionals designed to highlight the key risk areas of photo infringement and provide practical tips to avoid costly infringement matters. Discussed Higbee & Associates and Pic Rights demand process, infringement rights and remedies, and other key aspects of responding to disputes over websites used on a medical professionals social media and corporate websites.
How to obtain a trademark WITHOUT hiring a law firm!, InventRight Training Seminar, California
InventRight
This was a free webinar presentation that featured Steve Vondran, Esq. ("Attorney Steve®"" as guest speaker teaching patent licensing candidates how they can seek federal trademark protection on the USPTO principal register without having to pay for costly attorney fees.
Websites & Blogs
Website
Our Corporate Website
Website
Attorney Steve Youtube Channel
Videos
Copyright and YouTube Fair Use Tips by Attorney Steve the Video Lawyer. Youtube Fair Use Tips by Attorney Steve

Copyright and YouTube Fair Use Tips by Attorney Steve the Video Lawyer.

Attorney Steve provides an overview of Siemens PLM lawsuits. Siemens PLM software piracy lawsuits overview

Attorney Steve provides an overview of Siemens PLM lawsuits.

Attorney Steve explains boxing match piracy claims (stealing Pay Per View signals) without having the proper commercial license. Busted for stealing the PPV boxing fight?

Attorney Steve explains boxing match piracy claims (stealing Pay Per View signals) without having the proper commercial license.

Our law firm is most likely the #1 leader in the United States.  We have handled hundreds of these software audits. Understanding Autodesk Software Audits - what you need to know.

Our law firm is most likely the #1 leader in the United States. We have handled hundreds of these software audits.

Attorney Steve discusses possible penalties and damages in a copyright infringement case such as video, software and photos. Copyright infringement damages

Attorney Steve discusses possible penalties and damages in a copyright infringement case such as video, software and photos.

Attorney Steve explains what a BSA software audit is. Business Software Alliance (BSA) Audits by Attorney Steve

Attorney Steve explains what a BSA software audit is.

Copyright nightmares for real estate brokers Attorney Steve Social Media Marketing Law Copyright Nightmares

Copyright nightmares for real estate brokers

Attorney Steve;s top ten tips to help you have a better chance to win your small claims case. How to win a small claims court lawsuit

Attorney Steve;s top ten tips to help you have a better chance to win your small claims case.

How to pick a great trademark slogan for your company part 1 How to pick a great slogan for your business by Attorney Steve

How to pick a great trademark slogan for your company part 1

Potential damages a bar, restaurant, lounge or night club owner may face for pirating a boxing, UFC, martial arts or PPV soccer match. Key players (Plaintiffs in this area include Joe Hand Promotions, G&G Closed Circuit Events, Zuffa, Integrated Sports and J&J Sports. In these cases you can face damages up to $100,000 or more (enhanced damages plus attorney fees). This is enough to put many small businesses out of business. We have helped many companies get these cases settled. Penalties for pirating a PPV boxing fight by Attorney Steve®

Potential damages a bar, restaurant, lounge or night club owner may face for pirating a boxing, UFC, martial arts or PPV soccer match. Key players (Plaintiffs in this area include Joe Hand Promotions, G&G Closed Circuit Events, Zuffa, Integrated Sports and J&J Sports. In these cases you can face damages up to $100,000 or more (enhanced damages plus attorney fees). This is enough to put many small businesses out of business. We have helped many companies get these cases settled.

Strike 3 Holdings, LLC hit with attorney fee award following loss on appeal in a torrent lawsuit case in Washington State. Important case in BitTorrent litigation. In this case, there was no copyright infringement found and the Defendant was able to recover its attorney fees which was affirmed on appeal. Strike 3 Holdings hit with HUGE Attorney Fee in non-infringement case

Strike 3 Holdings, LLC hit with attorney fee award following loss on appeal in a torrent lawsuit case in Washington State. Important case in BitTorrent litigation. In this case, there was no copyright infringement found and the Defendant was able to recover its attorney fees which was affirmed on appeal.

Legal Answers
30 Questions Answered
Q. Using a person's name in a screenplay without asking for permission?
A: How were the answers you got lost time? You always have to be careful using a persons name, image, or likeness without their consent. Many states have "right of publicity laws" (for example, California where I practice). There are some exceptions to the rule (in California I am speaking about), such as: 1. Statute of limitations 2. First amendment (privilege for matters in the public interest) 3. Waiver 4. Parody 5. Copyright pre-emotion 6. Incidential use (see Aliso v. Time Life books) But before you just "flip a coin" and take your chances (it's always best to seek permission from the person), its always good to discuss all the facts of your case with entertainment counsel. I know its redundant, but if you want an answer you can rely on, you need to pony up and get the advice. best of luck!!
Q. Can I use the cowgirl photos of this game without copyright infringement
A: I am not exactly sure what your question is, but are you referring to using the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders for commercial products? If that is the question, I would be very careful, you can run into potential problems including with "right of publicity" claims from the individual cheerleaders and potential trademark issues with the Dallas Cowboys depending on what in particular you are wanting to do. More facts are needed. Good luck. Attorney Steve®
Q. I am writing a parody of Elsa and Anna I have a disclaimer stating it is a parody
A: Parody protection can always be a tricky thing. A true parody is a work that makes fun (or "pokes fun") of the original. If you are doing that, you are in a much better position as section 107 does allow fair use protection for things like this, and for things such as "comment and criticism." It is important, however, to ask make sure you know the difference between parody (which is NOT copyright infringement) and using another's work for "satire" purposes (i.e. using Elsa and Anna to make fun of something else). In these types of cases, the courts will apply the four factor "fair use" test. You can google to find out more about that. If you plan on making a substantial investment, you might want to seek a fair use opinion letter, can be worth it to make sure you are protected in advance. Good luck. Attorney Steve®
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Annotations
Bell v. Wilmott Storage Services, LLC
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
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