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Welcome to The Law Offices
of Steven C. Vondran, P.C.
We are a IP, technology & civil litigation firm with offices in CA and AZ. We handle federal copyright infringement cases nationwide* and are a leader in software licensing audits, torrent file-sharing defense (Strike 3), DMCA law, online photo infringement, boxing piracy and internet piracy and counterfeit cases. We also have a growing practice in the area of "fair use" entertainment (opinion letters and clearance) and Youtube law. We represent several very large YouTube channel creators.
This is the official homepage for Attorney Steve® – The First Name In Legal Services®.
This is also the home of Copyright Watchdog® and You CLICK We DEFEND® (internet piracy lawyer). Attorney Steve® is also the founder of CopyrightPolicy.org a Washington D.C. based copyright policy, research and advocacy center advocating for fair use rights, and cease and desist letters BEFORE suing people, (many new immigrants to our country), and others in federal court. Click to sign my petition.
Overview of our legal services
We are a leader in the United States in software audits and licensing disputes, internet file-sharing defense, DMCA law, photo infringement, copyright fair use opinion letters for movie, film and podcast producers, and TV signal boxing piracy cases (Joe Hand promotions, G&G closed circuit, and J&J sports production) involving cable and satellite. We are a boutique copyright law firm uniquely experienced to handle these types of cases and other copyright infringement cases including jewelry (L.A. Gem & Jewelry), computer font, book, music, photo and video infringement!
We have also handled many internet counterfeit cases involving Apple products.
Our popular YouTube Channel
We are also the producer of the popular YouTube Litigation Whiteboard® series with our youtube channel reaching over 22.5k subscribers, nearly THREE MILLION VIDEO VIEWS and growing fast. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE! We offer our videos FREE OF CHARGE and see it as a professional obligation to teach and inspire the good folks of the world, and to make law more understandable and justice more accessible.
Flexible Fee Structures
We offer LOW FLAT RATE FEES for many cases – Unlike most law firms that may want to DRAG THINGS ON so they can BILL HOURLY and send you HUGE LEGAL BILLS, usually including at the end of the case we are different and we think differently and provide a range of options to make hiring legal counsel affordable. Some copyright infringement recovery cases and Plaintiff cases we may be able to take on a contingency fee basis. Call or email us through our contact form for more information.
Experienced and "Battle-Tested"
We have AMAZING CLIENT REVIEWS and have appeared in over 190 Federal Court Cases. The other firms know who we are! As we like to say "be SO GOOD they cannot ignore you." We have litigated against some of the top law firms in the United States and have been involved in successful litigation with some of the world's largest companies.
Click here to view some of our past IP case successes and case summaries.
Click here to see BIGLAW firms we have battled.
I LOVE PRACTICING LAW: What a strange, beautiful, challenging, historical trip I have been on for about 20 years now. This photo was taken at the Supreme Court of United States. For the first time in my life I was literally speechless. Just wandering through the hallowed halls of Justice learning about all the great people and brilliant minds who helped shape this unbelievably awesome loving country. Best in the world and worth fighting for!!
SOFTWARE, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & TECHNOLOGY LAW
To take a DEEPER DIVE - our practice areas center around the following areas:
1. Software audits and licensing disputes - We are a LEADER in the United States in handling software audit disputes involving powerhouse software companies and compliance trade organizations such as:
- Microsoft (both internal audits and BSA driven)
- Siemens (PLM, NX software)
- Software Compliance Group
- Autodesk (CAD, Maya, Revit, 3ds)
- Vero Software (Alphacam / Edgecam, Surfcam)
- Business Software Alliance ("BSA")
- CNC Mastercam
- Camtasia (video editing software)
- VB Conversion
We may also be able to help with IBM, Oracle, VM Ware, SAP, Informatica and other software companies. If you received a letter demanding an audit of your computer networks, laptops, and servers contact us for a free consultation. We offer low flat rate fees that many companies, both large and small, have enjoyed over the years. In this area of law, there is simple no substitute for experience. We have settled HUNDREDS of software audits for our clients.
Click here to go to our Software Audit Resource Center.
Click here for past software settlements.
We also handle a variety of copyright infringement cases (both for rights holder Plaintiff and defending against allegations of willful copyright infringement). Cases can involve any copyrighted content such as:
- Font infringement.
- P2p - internet file sharing
- Etsy copyright disputes
- Software piracy
- DMCA 512(f) - copyright takedown "bad faith" cases / section 1202 anti-circumvention cases
- Arizona film, video and photo infringement.
- Other copyrighted content
Submit your case through our online contact form or contact us at
August 2020 Update - If you received a Subpoena from a company called Strike 3 Holdings, LLC, here is the most important blog you can read. I call it the Strike 3 Subpoena Response Survival Guide. It has links to the important torrent defense videos I have made that you should see before making a decision to hire a defense firm.
Many people have been on the wrong side of a "file sharing lawsuit" with a Plaintiff counsel firm demanding thousands of dollars for the illegal sharing of videos online. Demands can reach as high as $50,000. Two of the major (copyright infringement) filers of federal court lawsuits in this area are Strike 3 Holdings, LLC, and Malibu Media. These companies together have filed THOUSANDS of lawsuits, many in California where we are the CLEAR LEADER IN BITTORRENT LAWSUIT DEFENSE, clogging the federal courts seeking settlements (what many people refer to "shame settlements" with what some judges refer to as "copyright trolls."). This has lessened to a great deal now that the Courts are demanding anonymity, mainly because they do GET IT WRONG at times, and simply do not have the evidence of movie infringement. See our recent video where Strike 3 was hit with a 47k award in Washington State from a Defendant who stood up and challenged them. The case is on appeal.
We have vast experience in this area of copyright law and can help our clients get their cases settled (whether through litigation or settlement), and we offer flat rate legal fees for many cases.
To learn more visit our Torrent Defense Resource Center
We can also help with other p2p cases (for both Plaintiff rights holders and Defendants) such as copyrighted software, music, video and more. Call us for information about our contingency fee recovery program for rights holders. We can be reached at
Our IP litigation firm has handled many cases involving allegations of copyright infringement and violation of federal cable and satellite theft statues. We can help if you have received a letter from any of the following companies:
To learn more about TV Signal Piracy cases watch the link. If you received a letter from The Law Offices of Thomas P. Riley or Jekielak & Janis LLP call us for a free consultation. These are very serious legal matters that can threaten your business and personal assets. Many small business and immigrants to our great Country (not always familiar with the intricacies of copyright law) face destruction of their business and bankruptcy due to aggressive legal demands, one reaching as high as $70,000.
Attorney Steve® explains INNOCENT COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
VIDEO: This may be the most important video you will ever watch if you are accused of photo, software, or illegal movie downloads. There is a HUGE difference between "Willful" infringement and "innocent" copyright infringement. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to our rapidly growing legal channel. As we like to say "Be Smarter Than Your Friends."
Finally, we handle a wide variety of entertainment and social media cases including but not limited to:
- Fair use analysis and opinion letters. [Click here to fill out our questionnaire to receive a quote for a fair use opinion letter)
- Celebrity endorsement - marketing agreements
- Right of Publicity (California law) - ex. Deep Fake
- Royalty Disputes
- Youtube disputes (takedown, appeals, DMCA 512(f) bad faith claims)
- "Life Rights" cases
- Free speech on campus
- Theft of idea cases
- Revenge Porn (DMCA takedown)
- Podcasting law
- De-platforming petition to reinstate (twitter, facebook, youtube, etc.).
- Music law
- Sports law
We can also help with copyright licensing agreements relating to the following types of creative Works:
1. literary works;
2. musical works, including any accompanying words;
3. dramatic works, including any accompanying music;
4. pantomimes and choreographic works;
5. pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works;
6. motion pictures and other audiovisual works;
7. sound recordings;
8. architectural works
FOLLOW OUR LEGAL YOUTUBE CHANNEL
WOWZA: Subscribe to our popular Youtube channel! We are getting close to 25,000 subscribers and 3 million video views.
For years now we have developed a popular legal video channel providing general legal information in the areas of copyright, software, intellectual property, fair use, youtube law, DMCA, entertainment law, P2p issues, and other general legal videos (our Litigation Whiteboard® series is very popular). The purpose of our legal web channel is to share our passion, knowledge, tips, and insights with individuals and businesses (as well as other attorneys and law students), hoping to accomplish our objective of making the law more understandable, and hopefully, more accessible to all.
CLICK HERE TO GO TO OUR LEGAL YOUTUBE CHANNEL. Please click on the RED “V” to SUBSCRIBE to FREE video updates. Many law students, paralegals, in pro per litigants, business owners, creative entrepreneurs, artists, videographers and other professionals have joined our cause and some have even thanked us for providing the free general legal information and have become subscribers of our channel!!!
We thank you all for your continued support in building our channel to nearly THREE MILLION VIDEO VIEWS and over 22,000 subscribers! Your support and viewership allow us to keep pushing forward and keep bringing you the general legal information you need and love!
"One of our main goals as a law firm (we see it as a professional obligation) is to make the law more understandable and the courts more accessible to lower income individuals and small to medium sized companies."
Attorney Steve Tip: To people who say “I can't decide which IP law firm to go with” I have tried to make it easy for you. View our youtube channel. See our extensive federal court experience, (we have appeared as counsel in over 175 cases) and review our past client reviews below.
If you are still undecided, call us to discuss your concerns and issues at (877) 276-5084.
In many cases (non-litigation usually) we offer a low flat rate (predictable) legal fees that are literally changing the practice of law. We are often able to be creative to make legal services affordable.
A word about “Super Lawyers” and Martindale Hubbell “Peer Rated”
In my honest opinion having been a lawyer for over15 years, these designations are largely not much more than creative marketing. When I beat a “Super Lawyer” in a case (to me, a rather child-like title apparently dummied down for the lowest common denominator) it's not like the SuperLawyer calls the company and says “hey, this guy is really good, he just beat me in a big case you might want to include him in the directory.” To me, there are other factors to look for in hiring the right law firm including the following:
2. Honesty & Integrity
3. Proven track record of success (experience)
4. Your personalities and goals are aligned with your counsel
5. Affordable / Cost-effective counsel
6. Reviews - check ours here