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Steve Charles Vondran

Steve Charles Vondran

Vondran Legal® Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property, Communications & Internet Law, Entertainment & Sports Law ...
  • Arizona, California
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Our law firm is a leader in intellectual property and piracy law. We have handled more software audits and torrent defense lawsuits than most other firms combined. We have a niche speciality practice in copyright infringement law and handle the following types of cases:

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

2. Torrent Defense Cases (ex. Malibu Media pornography, Flava Works 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 (streaming media piracy)

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

6. Trademark infringement & registration (including domain name UDRP disputes with NAF, WIPO), IPR filings, Trademark Clearinghouse, and Cancellation and Opposition Proceedings.

7. California Right of Publicity Law / social media - celebrity endorsement agreements

8. UDRP domain name dispute arbitrations (WIPO, NAF, CIIRD)

9. New for 2022 - Metaverse, NFT, and Cryptocurrency arbitration and IP 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). We have appeared in over 300 state and federal litigation court cases since 2004.

Practice Areas
    Intellectual Property
    Communications & Internet Law
    Internet Law, Media & Advertising, Telecommunications Law
    Entertainment & Sports Law
    Trademarks
    Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
Additional Practice Areas
  • Software Audits (BSA, Microsoft, Solidworks, Adobe, Oracle, IBM, Autodesk)
  • Torrent Defense (Strike 3 Holdings, Flava Works)
  • Copyright Infringement (federal court lawsuits)
  • Fair Use Defense & Opinion Letters
  • UDRP Domain Name Arbitration (WIPO, NAF, CIIDRC)
  • TV Piracy (Dish-Nagrastar | IPTV | Motion Picture Association)
Video Conferencing
  • Skype
  • Zoom
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
37 Questions Answered
Q. unknowingly downloaded copyrighted material.
A: Having defended hundreds of these BitTorrent download cases (mostly Strike 3 Holdings, LLC movies), the best I can tell you (not legal advice) is to STOP downloading and sharing movies. If you are found to have downloaded, let's say, 20 or more movies - that is about the lowest number I have seen them pursue - yes, they could eventually find out and come after you by filing either a "Bill of Discovery" in Miami-Dade County Court (Florida) seeking your name and address, or sometimes they will just file a lawsuit, for example in the Central District of California or Northern District of California (two popular venues). So, STOP your downloading immediately. That is step one for sure. Good luck
Q. Hi, I received a email saying that one of the images I used on my blog was copyrighted and I have to pay 1400
A: These letters can be legit despite them sometimes looking like spam or a scam. You should have a photo infringement law firm look the letter over. Before we ever advise our clients to pay we like to look at the whole situation such as (1) who is sending the letter (2) do they have the legal rights (are they the copyright holder), (3) was the image registered with the United States Copyright Office ("USCO"), (4) do you have a defense such as a license, or a fair use, or was the image in the public domain?" Another common thing to look for is to see if the case is barred by the statute of limitations. These are very important factors. If the pursuit is legit, then there is the separate issue of negotiating a good settlement amount, and finally making sure the copyright release of claims is confidential and all parties are released (the company, officers, directors, employees, etc.). This is general legal information only. Don't forget, in July 2022 the Copyright "Small Claims Board" opens in Washington D.C. with claims up to 30k (not so small), so some of these cases that appear small, may be brought into the Claims Board. See you at the top!
Q. How can I report a business with a logo violating a copyright?
A: If you have a REGISTERED copyrighted logo (meaning registered with the United States Copyright Office ("USCO") and someone has copied your logo, you can send them a cease and desist letter and being that they copyright was registered, you would have a right to sue in federal court for either actual or more likely, statutory damages plus see costs and attorney fees. Sometimes logo copy is accidental, sometimes there is a defense of "independent creation" (they had no idea they were copyright you). I will give you an example, I have registered my "V" logo (for Vondran Legal®) and in one of my offices I have had my name placard on the wall with all the other companies that occupy my office space. Then, one day, a new tenant moved in and I'll be darn, they were using my exact image (although in a different business line). But, since I was not concerned about us being competitors, it was a non-issue for me. Also, I doubt they had seen my logo and copied it (but hey, its pretty cool and you never know). Hope this provides some insight. Don't forget, the "small claims copyright" board is opening in July of 2022 (claims up to 30k total). See you at the top! Attorney Steve®
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