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Copyright "abandonment" explained

Posted by Steve Vondran | Jul 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

Copyright may also be abandoned if the owner “performs some overt act indicating an intention to abandon.” Micro Star v. Formgen Inc., 154 F.3d 1107, 1114 (9th Cir. 1998). “Abandonment of copyright (sometimes referred to as waiver) . . . constitutes an effective defense in an infringement action....

As predicted, Miami-Dade (state court) is becoming the unofficial "UNMASKER" of identity in Strike 3 copyright cases. Fed court cases slowing.

Posted by Steve Vondran | Jul 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

July 2020 BitTorrent Litigation Updates - Miami-Dade County Court - UNMASKING IDENTITY OF INTERNET SUBSCRIBERS WAS NEVER SO EASY   Introduction We have talked about this important issue before.  It arises in the course of our BitTorrent Defense legal practice and it involves Plaintiff "Strike ...

Copyright infringement defenses - Unclean Hands?

Posted by Steve Vondran | Jul 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

“[A] defendant asserting that a plaintiff's claim is barred by unclean hands must show that the plaintiff acted unfairly or fraudulently respecting the matter in controversy.” Ample Bright Dev., Ltd. v. Comis Int'l, 913 F. Supp. 2d 925, 940 (C.D. Cal. 2012). “To establish unclean hands, 3 1 2 3 4...

Copyright Infringement defenses - Equitable estoppel

Posted by Steve Vondran | Jul 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

Attorney Steve® - Copyright Essentials- Defenses - Equittable Estoppel Equitable estoppel is a defense to copyright infringement. See Kramer v. From the Heart Prods., Inc., 300 Fed. Appx. 555, 556 (9th Cir. 2008).  Equitable estoppel is intended to prevent parties from taking advantage of the ...

Important "Fair Use" cases

Posted by Steve Vondran | Jun 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Fair use is a defense to copyright infringement, it is also a legal statutory "RIGHT" spelled out specifically in the United States copyright laws. Basically, it is a FOUR FACTOR TEST that Courts review. Sometimes the defense applies, and other times it does not. Even using a few seconds or minutes of a video clip (especially if it is the "heart of the work") can lead to copyright infringement claims.

Fashion Law Blog

Posted by Steve Vondran | May 07, 2020 | 0 Comments

Attorney Steve® Fashion Law Essentials   Introduction             Perhaps you're a clothing designer who believes to have designed unisex clothing that will change the way the world sees garments. Or, you operate an Etsy store out of your house that makes unique and quirky dresses. Regardless ...

The regulation of talent agencies in California

Posted by Steve Vondran | May 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

Attorney Steve® Entertainment Law - The Talent Agency Contract in California Introduction I just got done reviewing a California talent agency agreement.  This is an agreement whereby a talent agent (a company in the business of procuring employment opportunities for artists in the entertai...

KitchenMits.com - Premier Domain Name for Sale

Posted by Steve Vondran | Apr 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Another Amazing Attorney Steve® business opportunity!   Where can you go top find the best, most unique, funnest kitchen mits (oven mits) on the Planet?  KitchenMits.com that's where.  Inquire about sales, rental, or partnership opportunities.  Send us an email through our contact form.  Seriou...

Trademark Opposition proceeding NCAA

Posted by Steve Vondran | Mar 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

The NCAA is known to be very aggressive enforcing their trademarks.  They have many different trademarks for example: March Madness® The Big Dance® Women's Final Four® The Road to the Final Four® Final Four® Sweet Sixteen® NCAA Fast Break® NCAA Sweet 16® (note, they do not own Sweet Six...

Arizona "False Light" factors

Posted by Steve Vondran | Feb 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Attorney Steve® Privacy Torts - False Light jury instructions   Introduction In Arizona, the Restatement of Torts includes four separate torts in the classification of the Right to Privacy: (1) intrusion on the plaintiff's seclusion or private affairs, (2) public disclosure of private fact...

What is the copyright alliance

Posted by Steve Vondran | Feb 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Copyright Alliance represents the copyright interests of over 1.8 million individual creators and over 13,000 organizations in the United States, and is dedicated to advocating policies that promote and preserve the value of copyright and to protecting the rights of creators and innovators. ...

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