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38 minutes | Sep 28, 2022
Who will win the Ripple lawsuit, listen as Attorney Steve reads the MSJ
Vondran Legal - Crypto & NFT Law - Ripple vs. SEC (motion for summary judgment). Ripple, the company behind the third-largest cryptocurrency by the same name, is facing a lawsuit from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC alleges that Ripple violated federal securities laws by selling unregistered securities in the form of its XRP tokens. Ripple has motioned for summary judgment, arguing that XRP is not a security and that the SEC's case is "legally and factually unsupportable." If the court rules in favor of Ripple, it would deal a major blow to the SEC's efforts to regulate cryptocurrencies. However, if the court rules against Ripple, it could have far-reaching implications for the cryptocurrency industry as a whole. Either way, the outcome of this lawsuit will have major implications for the future of cryptocurrencies. Watch our previous podcast to hear the reading of the SEC motion for summary judgment: https://www.blogtalkradio.com/attorneysteve/2022/09/25/sec-vs-ripple-motion-for-summary-judgment-reading
115 minutes | Sep 25, 2022
SEC vs. Ripple Motion for Summary Judgment Reading
Attorney Steve® Crypto Lawyer - SEC vs. Ripple On December 22, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a motion for summary judgment against Ripple Labs Inc. and two of its executives, alleging that they had raised over $1.3 billion through an unregistered securities offering. The SEC's complaint alleges that Ripple's sales of digital tokens, known as XRP, constituted an "investment contract" under U.S. securities laws, and that Ripple violated these laws by failing to register the offering with the SEC. In its motion for summary judgment, the SEC argues that there is no genuine dispute of fact that Ripple's XRP tokens are securities, and that Ripple is therefore liable for violating the securities laws. A hearing on the motion is scheduled for December, 2022.
9 minutes | Sep 23, 2022
Copyright Clearance Tips for YouTube and TikTok creators
Attorney Steve® Fair Use Basics Film producers and video creators have a real chance today to be the next Stephen Spielberg. Content abounds on the internet, and sites like Instagram rolls, YouTube shorts, and TikTik videos can provide a chance to get your name out there and potentially even make money in the career you love. Many times, the top creators (just like the top teachers and top lawyers) are storytellers. Many times you need third party content to help tell your story. In this case, there are several ways to go about it: 1. Get permission from the Rights holder (ex, the photographer for a photo you want to use or the music rights to a song you want to use). Typically, you would want this in writing and there may be a fee involved, and it could take some time and technique to make sure you are dealing with the proper parties. For music, you need to get the rights from both the publisher and the holder of master use rights (ex. the record label). You will need a "synch license" as well if you are putting music/song to visual arts/movies. 2. Another way is to find "public domain" content. Typically, movies and videos from the 1800's would be free to use as most copyrights have run out (double check). However, if you get it wrong or miscalculate, you could face a copyright infringement lawsuits. 3. Another way is to qualify for "fair use" (best to use a fair use opinion letter and an IP firm like ours). Fair use is a statutory right under 17 U.S.C. 107 but there are four factors you need to analyze. This podcast helps highlight, in general terms (not legal advice) some of the issues you may have as a content creator. AttorneySteve.com
6 minutes | Sep 21, 2022
Joe Hand Promotions Lawsuit?
Attorney Steve® - TV Signal Piracy - Joe Hand Promotions If you received the Joe Hand Promotions "love letter" call us to discuss your case. This podcast explains a common example of what happens if you are sued in a boxing piracy case. Below are some helpful links to videos we have created to educate you if you find yourself in this situation. ATTORNEY STEVE VIDEOS Boxing Piracy Damages: https://youtu.be/ELZxIsQbs_c Overview of Boxing Piracy Defense: https://youtu.be/8j1drJ8my5Y J&J Sports Production overview: https://youtu.be/MHwRuguQLLI
10 minutes | Sep 16, 2022
Overview of Hexagon (Vero) software piracy infringement
Attorney Steve® - Software Piracy Essentials - The Hexagon/Vero software infringement letter Getting a legal demand letter from Hexagon is no fun. You may also get a direct phone call from one of their representatives. When this happens, my BIGGEST TIP is HANG UP THE PHONE. Don't talk to them and admit infringement of their software before you talk with a copyright lawyer. We have handled hundreds of software audits since our founding in 2004, and this includes companies such as: SiemensAutodeskVB ConversionSynopsisMicrosoftAdobeHegaxon/VeroAnsysPTCBentley softwareSolidworks And others. Given this experience, we have become one of the tops (IF NOT THE TOP) software infringement defense law firm in the United States. You can review our resource page and YouTube channel, which show our vast experience in this niche area of copyright law. If you need help with a EULA licensing issue or are accused of a Legends Never Die privacy, call us at (877) 276-5084. Our YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/user/attorneystevelaw Our Software Audit Resource Page: https://www.vondranlegal.com/software-audit-ip-law-firm
31 minutes | Sep 2, 2022
Piracy Log Episode#5 with Steve and Lisa Vondran
The Piracy Log with Attorney Steve® - Wrap up of the latest piracy and copyright legal news! Topics discussed: Business Software Alliance appears to be back with audit casesCalifornia new Cyberflashing law has BIG penaltiesDish-Nagrastar on the movie with piracy cases9th Circuit Braking News - extenstion on right to recovery copyright infringement damagesCounterfeit product commercial highlights counterfeitting concernsMariah Carey - All I want for Christmas is you lawsuitTriller being sued by Paramount for breach of contractTrademark news - Usain Bolt logo trademark for celebration pose If you need an IP lawyer, go for the best! You can find us on the web at VondranLegal.com
5 minutes | Jun 2, 2022
Copyright Small Claims Board is open for business on June 16 2022
Attorney Steve Copyright Law Essentials - Copyright Small Claims Board ("CCB") The copyright claims board, also known as the CCB, is set to open in Washington D.C. on June 16th, 2022. The board will accept copyright claims for things like photo infringement, art infringement, and music infringement. Claimants will be able to receive up to $30,000 for their claim. This is a great opportunity for artists and musicians who have had their work infringed upon to get the compensation they deserve. If you have been a victim of copyright infringement, be sure to file a claim with the CCB when it opens. Music, architecture plans, jewelry, fabric designs, and podcast episodes are just some of the things that can be registered as a copyright. Copyright protection exists from the moment a work is created in fixed form. This means that if you take a photo, for example, the photo is automatically copyrighted and you own the rights to it. However, if someone uses your photo without your permission, they may be infringing on your copyright. If you believe that someone has infringed on your copyright, you should consult with a copyright lawyer to discuss your options. Copyright infringement is a serious matter and can result in significant damages. Therefore, it is important to know your rights and understand how to protect your work. We can be reached at (877) 276-5084. Also, make sure to join 36,000 who subscribe to the Attorney Steve® Legal YouTube channel (AttorneySteveVideos.com)
13 minutes | May 3, 2022
How to become a lawyer by Attorney Steve®
Meet Attorney Steve® - Vondran Legal Hour - Thinking of becoming a lawyer? What you need to know! In this episode, Attorney Steve® discusses the steps you might consider taking if you are planning on going to law school and becoming a lawyer. In general, you can expect the following: Finish high school or GEDFinish collegeDecide if you want to be a lawyerDecide what type of lawyer you might want to beWrite a "purpose letter" (see if you really mean it)Apply to law schoolsGet accepted to the best school and one that meets your career goalsFinish law schoolPass bar examGet sworn in If you want to learn more about the LSOP program watch this video: https://youtu.be/4UuLbPIx0VU For litigation services, contact us at Vondran.com
8 minutes | Apr 10, 2022
How to protect your brand from internet abusers
Attorney Steve® Internet Law - Brand Protection Essentials - Using the DMCA General tips if someone is abusing your brand online: 1. Someone copying or displaying your personal photo- could be a violation of the Right of Publicity (using your name, image or likeness for commercial purposes without consent). Could be a lawsuit if the defendant is financially solvent. You can also use a DMCA "takedown request" to send to the company where the picture is being posted (a counternotification could be filed by the other party), for example to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or TikTok. 2. Send a cease and desist letter to the website administrator (if you can find it on the website, or on the domain "whois" search), or send to the platform provider (ex. Wix, Shopify, Etsy). 3. File in federal court to seek a "DMCA subpoena" (no, you do not have to file a lawsuit). This can help you "unmask" a wrongdoer and this can be sent to identify the perpetrator. For example, once issued, the subpoena could be sent to GoDaddy, Cloudflare, or other company hosting the infringing or offending content. 4. Report "abuse" to the domain name registrar (ex. fake/imposter website violates the terms of service for the site and should be taken down). This may provide a better level of anonymity when dealing with a malicious actor. 5. Trademark violations (domain cybersquatting, counterfeit products, logo infringement, etc.), the same thing, cease and desist letter or DMCA subpoena if the perpetrator has a "private" registered domain name or is otherwise seeking to hide their identity. AttorneySteve.com
4 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
Strike 3 Order to Show Cause over unredacted filing
Attorney Steve® - Strike 3 Holdings Litigation Updates - Order to Show Cause Here is a case from Michigan Federal District Court where Strike 3 violated the Court's order (whether intentional or accidental remains to be seen since no response to the OSC has been filed. This can highlight the importance of seeking to settle your copyright BitTorrent file-sharing case (Tushy, Blacked, Vixen), early on to prevent things like this from happening which can make your name temporarily available on the public docket. For help with a torrent ISP defense case, call us at (877) 276-5084.
57 minutes | Mar 13, 2022
Attorney Steve Open Mic Saturday, call in with any topic!!
Discussions are general in nature as we are not allowed to give legal advice over the internet.
7 minutes | Mar 12, 2022
Financial Hardships in Strike 3 Holdings BitTorrent File Sharing cases discussed
Attorney Steve BitTorrent Settlement Essentials - Submitting financials In this episode of Vondran Legal Hour® Attorney Steve® discusses what we look for in terms of financial hardships when seeking to get the best settlement possible in a Strike 3 Holdings file-sharing lawsuit case. We have appeared in over 250 federal court copyright infringement cases making us one of the top firms in the United States. Here are a few of the things you can expect their copyright counsel may look at in determining a reasonable settlement: Income - how much do you make each year? Salary? Hourly? Overtime? (Tax Returns)Monthly cash-flow (how much coming in deposits each month? How much going out? (Bank statements)Medical bills (dental, vision, verge of bankruptcy)Large student loans coming out of defermentHigh-interest credit card bills with limited cash available to accessDo you own a home? What is the equity amount? Do you rent? If so, how much do you pay?Do you own any investment real estate?Do you own NFTs or cryptocurrencies, gold or silver?Are you currently enrolled as a student?Are you younger and living with your parents?Other evidence of a lack of disposable income (ex. does your Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, or LinkedIn make you appear to be well-off)? These are some of the main factors we look at in any infringement case including IPTV infringement, IPTV TV signal broadcast, photo infringement and other IP infringement cases where settlement amount becomes a factor. For more information visit our website at AttorneySteve.com
6 minutes | Mar 9, 2022
IPRR recordation of your copyrights, trademarks, patents and trade secrets!
Attorney Steve® IP Enforcement Essentials - Protect your brand and IP from infringing or counterfeit importation of goods. If your company has valuable intellectual property (such as trademarks registered on the principal register, trade secrets, copyrights registered with the United States Copyright Office (USCO), or patents registered with the USPTO), then it would behoove you to look into this rather simple way to federally register your rights with the CBP (Customs and Border Protection office). This is the largest federal law enforcement agency in the United States and they monitor, inspect, and where there is probable cause to believe there is illegal activity going on, seize infringing or counterfeit goods, and even destroy them altogether. For brands, this is a really good low-cost way to get an extra set of eyes looking out for your intellectual property on a nationwide level. For more information, or to get started, call us at (877) 276-5084 or check out our website at RegisterIPR.com. Thanks for listening. Feel free to share this podcast!!
12 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
Short and quick snapshot of the UDRP domain dispute process by Attorney Steve®
Attorney Steve® Domain Name Dispute Essentials - Overview of the domain dispute procedural process!
8 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
Copyright Small Claims Board March 2022 Updates
Attorney Steve® Copyright Small Claims CASE ACT updates for March 2022 - Corporations, Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations eligible to designate agents for infringement matters! In a new partial final rule, the Copyright Claims Board ("CCB") is now initiating the ability to register an "agent" where copyright claims cases can be served on the corporation. This allows big companies that are expecting to have a large number of claims filed against them to register an agent. The complainant in the case must serve the corporation through the agent, or to an email address that is established permitting service. This is starting now so if your company is looking to get started with the CASE Act go to our website CopyrightCASE.com
5 minutes | Feb 28, 2022
U.S.Supreme Court holds mistakes of law covered by Copyright safe harbor
Attorney Steve® Copyright Law Essentials - Safe Harbors for Copyright Registration Defects In this exciting episode of Vondran Legal Hour Attorney Steve® discusses copyright registration and defects thereto and how the copyright "safe harbors" come into play. Plaintiff (Unicolors) filed a lawsuit and had their registration placed at issue apparently because they filed too many of their art/fabric designs in one application and Defendant argued there should have been separate applications. In other words, they argued this was a 'legal" defect as opposed to factual (remember the old saying that ignorance of the law is no defense). Well, it appears in copyright infringement it can be! In essence, the court found this to be a trivial defect, not knowing and material, and held that the copyright safe harbor provision (cited below for your convenience) applies to both mistakes of law and fact. The district court does not have to check with the copyright office where there are no issues of fraud or material defect. Link to the case Unicolors, Inc. v. H&M Hennes & Muaritz, L.P. case If you need help with a copyright litigation matter call us at (877) 276-5084
5 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
MPPA hiring internet (piracy) investigators, the threat is real and increasing
Attorney Steve® IPTV illegal Movie and Television Interception and Broadcast - MPAA is hiring internet investigators In this exciting episode of Vondran Legal Hour® Attorney Steve® Copyright infringement lawyer discusses the MPAA (Motion picture association that has members such as Paramount, Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Universal, and Amazon Content Services - among others) and a recent job posting on indeed for an internet investigator with copyright infringement investigation experience. In their job ad, it is noted how movie and television piracy can lead to enforcement options such as civil or criminal. If you are in the business, and just learning about the illegality, now is the time to get out. If you need help dealing with a cease and desist or legal demand from the MPAA in Sherman Oaks, or have a related issue, call us for a free initial consultation. We have helped many clients with IPTV cases including Dish-Nagrastar, and MPA or the A.C.E. Alliance You can find us on the web at MoviePiracyLawyer.com
30 minutes | Feb 11, 2022
What's new in 2022 in the intellectual property law arena with Attorney Steve®
Attorney Steve® IP Law Updates - February 2022 - Latest Trends in IP law In this episode of Vondran Legal Hour, we discuss some of the most pressing and trending topics in IP Law including: NFT lawsuitsMetaverse and sexual gropingTrademark and Domain Disputes (recent victory for Vondran Legal over a Strike 3 Holdings bitTorrent competitor)Social media defamation law and Anti-SLAPPCrypto currency pump and dump allegations in the Kim Kardashian / Etherium Max case (not to be confused with Etherium - ETH) Hope you enjoy these topics and thanks for listening
10 minutes | Feb 10, 2022
Is it illegal to sexually grope an avatar in the Metaverse?
Metaverse Legal Group - Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress - Virtual Groping In this exciting episode of Litigation Whiteboard® Attorney Steve® discusses the metaverse and "sexual assaults" that have allegedly occurred in the virtual reality zone. One question I pose is whether or not it is legal (meaning, is there any law prohibiting such digital conduct)? One legal angle I explore is the tort of outrage (aka Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress). Is this type of digital activity tortious? Of course it will violate the community standards of gaming platforms such as Quivr and Horizon Worlds and others, but will a lawsuit be viable against either the platform (not able to provide adequate protections), or against the anonymous users (screenshots may help you locate them)? These are new questions for a new digital age. Take a listen! Click here to watch my video on Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress: If you like this podcast of Vondran Legal Hour feel free to share it on your social media networks.
13 minutes | Feb 2, 2022
Attorney Steve® overview of legal liability for Reverse Cybersquatting
Attorney Steve® Domain Dispute Essentials - Bad Faith Abuse of UDRP Proceedings can lead to RDNH allegations in federal court. In this important IP law podcast, Attorney Steve® discusses domain disputes with WIPO and the National Arbitration Forum. Basically, these are what's known as "UDRP domain name disputes" and arises where a Plaintiff claims to have valid trademark rights that pre-date those of another party, and that the other party is thus, in essence, infringing its trademark. A UDRP action is a low cost arbitration and the domain name holder is required to submit to the proceeding (and yes, pay fees), so that the dispute can be heard. While this is generally known as a quick and inexpensive way to protect a valid trademark, there is tremendous opportunity for abuse by Trademark Bully's seeking to over-reach and at times to file a UDRP complaint for no good reason other than to harass, bully, and try to strip away a domain name they often times wish they had purchased themselves (but lacked any real business acumen in this area). This can force desperate people to do desperate things and if requested, the UDRP domain arbitration panel (one to three panel members) can be asked to declare that the complaint has engaged in "Reverse Domain Name Hijacking." Once this hapens, it potentially opens doors in federal court to sue for RDNH and to seek recourse up to $100,000 per domain name, and costs and attorney fees. There may also be other state law legal theories to tag on as part of supplemental jurisdiction. Click to listen to this IP podcast and learn more than most people know. If you need help with a trademark lawsuit, declaratory judgment, UDRP domain dispute, cease and desist letter, or ACPA RDNH lawsuit, call us at (877) 276-5084 for more information.
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