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Statute of limitations and the last infringing act

Posted by Steve Vondran | Jul 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

Attorney Steve® Copyright Essentials - Statute of Limitations   Introduction Here is a case from the UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA  that discusses the statute of limitations in copyright infringement cases, and what happens if there are ongoing infringements (with...

What constitutes copyright infringement?

Posted by Steve Vondran | Jul 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Attorney Steve® Copyright Law Essentials - What does it take to prove copyright infringement?   To state a claim for copyright infringement, Plaintiffs must allege “(1) ownership of a valid copyright, and (2) copying constituent elements of the work that are original.” Feist Publ'ns, Inc. v. Rur...

What is the RIAA?

Posted by Steve Vondran | Jul 09, 2021 | 0 Comments

Attorney Steve Music Law - Overview of the RIAA The Recording Industry Association of America® (the “RIAA”) protects intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and record labels. It is also the organization that certifies records as Gold, Platinum, Multi-Platinum, or Diamond. RI...

What is Judicial notice?

Posted by Steve Vondran | Jul 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

Vondran Litigation Essentials - Evidence - Judicial Notice “A court shall take judicial notice if requested by a party and supplied with the necessary information.” Fed. R. Evid. 201(d). An adjudicative fact may be judicially noticed if it is “not subject to reasonable dispute in that it is ei...

Celebrity Endorsement Issues for the Artist and Musician

Posted by Steve Vondran | Jul 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

Attorney Steve® - Celebrity Endorsement Services On occasion, artists and musicians will be hired by companies as celebrity endorsers of the products or services the company sells. There are strict federal regulations that govern these endorsements, and failure to follow these regulations can po...

What is Summary Judgment in the 9th Circuit?

Posted by Steve Vondran | Jul 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

Summary Judgment Explained Summary judgment is appropriate when there is no genuine issue as to any material fact and the moving party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law. Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(a). The moving party has the initial burden of identifying the portions of the pleadings and recor...

What is "thin" copyright?

Posted by Steve Vondran | Jun 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

See Plan Pros vs, Dultmeir Hones (a case involving architectural drawings and elevations) in cases like this where the “copyright protection is thin”: For this category of claims, only extremely close copying is actionable as unlawful infringement. Put more precisely, this type of claim may mo...

Triller claims "illegal viewing" is actionable

Posted by Steve Vondran | Jun 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

Attorney Steve® illegal Streaming Law - illegal "viewing" is actionable?     Introduction Our firm has handled many cases involving allegations of illegal interception and broadcasting of PPV boxing and fight matches.  This includes defending against companies such as Joe Hand Promotions, G&G...

The curious rise of NFT's and related legal issues

Posted by Steve Vondran | Jun 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

Attorney Steve® NFT Copyright Law - Overview of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT's)         What are NFTs? Non-Fungible Tokens, or NFTs, are digital files verified on a blockchain. NFTs can represent almost any property, real or intangible. They are essentially virtual certificates of authenticity....

What are the different types of software piracy?

Posted by Steve Vondran | Jun 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

Types of Software Piracy Software piracy is the illegal distribution and/or reproduction of software. Purchasing software is actually purchasing a license to use the software. That license spells out how you may legally use such software. Any time someone uses the software beyond the scope of th...

Copyright renewal explained

Posted by Steve Vondran | May 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

Attorney Steve® Copyright Essentials - Copyright Renewal Introduction In some circumstances copyrights can be renewed.  According to the United States Copyright Office Circular 15: Who May Claim Renewal Renewal copyright may be claimed only by those persons specified in the law? A. The fo...

Boxing Piracy and the "Internet defense" is it viable?

Posted by Steve Vondran | May 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

Attorney Steve® Telecommunications ACT - BOXING PIRACY - Internet Defense   Introduction Here is a case from 2014 that turned many heads in the "Boxing piracy" world.  Case 3:13-cv-00935-MMA-BLM from the Southern District of California. JOE HAND PROMOTIONS, INC., Plaintiff, CASE NO. 3:13-cv-9...

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