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Welcome to Vondran Legal Hour. This is Attorney Steve's intellectual property & piracy law channel. Make sure to "FOLLOW" us by clicking on the button. We handle software audits, photo infringement, torrent file sharing defense, TV signal piracy and general copyright and trademark cases.

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Welcome to Vondran Legal Hour. This is Attorney Steve's intellectual property & piracy law channel. Make sure to "FOLLOW" us by clicking on the button. We handle software audits, photo infringement, torrent file sharing defense, TV signal piracy and general copyright and trademark cases.

    What is removal of copyright management information under section 1202?

    What is removal of copyright management information under section 1202?

    Attorney Steve® Copyright Infringement Essentials - Section 1202 false information, Removal or Alteration of Copyright Management Information ("CMI").

    In this episode of Vondran Legal Hour, Intellectual Property lawyer Steve Vondran discusses what the CMI 1202 claim is, and what damages are available for intentional and knowing violations of the law (for example, removing a copyright symbol or an artists names and/or inputting your own false copyright information along with publicly displaying or distributing a photo or other creative work (such as a song or video).

    The penalties can reach as high as $2,500 to $25,000 per act of infringement (or actual damages and profits of the Defendant).  This can be in addition to other damages for copyright infringement.

    Many photo infringement demand letters are now including these types of claims.  if you need help with a copyright matter - either as a Plaintiff or a Defendant, call us to discuss at (877) 276-5084.

    • 7 min
    DMCA subpoena explained by Attorney Steve®

    DMCA subpoena explained by Attorney Steve®

    Attorney Steve® Copyright Essentials - Online infringement and "unmasking" the "anonymous" infringer with a 512(h) subpoena

    In this exciting episode of Vondran Legal Hour, Attorney Steve discusses the general process of using a 512(h) subpoena to learn the identity of a person or company who may be infringing on your copyright, trademark, trade secrets, or misappropriating your right of publicity ("publicity rights" in California).   Generally, the first step is to send a DMCA takedown notice to the online service provider, such as:

    Pinterest?

    Reddit

    Facebook

    Twitter

    YouTube 

    Instagram  

    Once that is accomplished (there are legal requirements to do it right - check with IP counsel), you can file a DMCA subpoena petition (for example, in the Northern District of California to send a subpoena to facebook), pay the fee, add the proper exhibits and supporting documentation and the clerk of the court can issue your subpoena.  The subpoena can then be served on the social media platform (check out their individual rules) and you can seek to learn the identity of the anonymous poster who has been or continues to infringe your IP.

    Once you obtain the information from the subpoena (name, address, etc.), you can decide what you want to do as far as pursuing a settlement, filing a lawsuit, or dropping the matter if you don't see it being worth the fight (ex. if the online infringer is out of the country).

    For more information contact us at AttorneySteve.com.

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    • 7 min
    Twitter Copyright "Embedding" Defense to Copyright Infringement, will it work?

    Twitter Copyright "Embedding" Defense to Copyright Infringement, will it work?

    Attorney Steve® - Copyright Law Essentials - The "embed" defense

    This is an important podcast if your company uses photos, images, illustrations or other copyrighted content (not belonging to you, and not created by or licensed to you or your company) and you share these photos even links to these photos potentially on your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or other commercial websites used to promote your business.  This has and is leading to more lawsuits, this time against Cox Media Group in New York.  This is a good message that companies need to build up their own creative teams to avoid being resorted to using pre-created content not owned by the company.  Copyright infringement penalties can be STIFF so this podcast is a gentle reminder.

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    This is general legal information only and not legal advice.  This is attorney advertisement and communication.  If you need help with a copyright lawsuit in California, Arizona or specific Courts in New York or Texas where we have been admitted to the federal courts (call us to discuss), we can be reached at (877) 276-5084

    • 6 min
    How to avoid paying a settlement to Higbee & Associates for Photo Infringement

    How to avoid paying a settlement to Higbee & Associates for Photo Infringement

    Attorney Steve® - the Photo Infringement Lawyer

    In this episode of Vondran Legal Hour we discuss one of the most important things to know if you received a photo infringement demand letter from a Santa Ana photo infringement law firm known as HIgbee & Associates.  This firm can be seeking settlements in the hundreds, or even thousands of dollars range.  Thus, it is important to know things like fair use, non-commercial use and other potential defenses and mitigating factors (not they may also be bringing section 1202 alteration claims, which will be the subject of a future video for my popular legal YouTube site (now nearing 20,000 subscribers).

    #photoinfringementlawyer

    #HigbeeLetter

    #FairUse

    #CopyrightDefenseLawyer

    #CaliforniaCopyrightLawyer

    • 7 min
    How to handle negative YELP reviews by Attorney Steve®

    How to handle negative YELP reviews by Attorney Steve®

    Attorney Steve® Internet Law Essentials - Online YELP reviews that may not be defamatory

    In this exciting episode of Vondran Legal Hour Attorney Steve® discusses the YELP content guidelines and how you may be able to have a negative YELP review of your business removed based on Yelp's own policies.  As a private social media platform, they get to set their own rules, but usually, a company should be held to comply with their own policies.  Here are the top seven grounds to have a bad review removed along with a discussion of California anti-SLAPP law.  Remember, pure opinions are NOT DEFAMATORY and if you decide to file a defamation lawsuit you can find yourself paying attorney fees to your opponent if they prevail on s SLAPP motion.

    Here is a link to the Yelp guidelines

    https://www.yelp.com/guidelines

    Call us at (877) 276-5084 if you need help with an internet Copyright Infringement, Defamation or Anti-SLAPP defense case.  Visit us online at AttorneySteve.com.  

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    Thanks for listening!

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    • 17 min
    Is your company ready for the California CCPA privacy act?

    Is your company ready for the California CCPA privacy act?

    Attorney Steve® - California Privacy Insights - Need CCPA consultant?  Call us.  I was doing "this" before there was a "this."

    California has passed new data information privacy law (the CCPA) that takes effect on January 1, 2020.  The law provides customers new rights to:
    Know what personal information is collectedKnow how that information is shared and with whomBe able to easily "opt-out" of information sharing with third partiesRight to "access" their information (ex. does your company take different information at various customer touchpoints such as sales, marketing, service, support, accounting, online credit applications, etc.).  The California resident is entitled to know what you collect.  Customer Data Integration (may be very important).  CRM software may help.Right to request this documentation 2x's per year (companies will have 45 days to respond)Right not to be discriminated against for exercising any privacy rights under the statute.Right to file private lawsuits for a data breach (companies have to have reasonable data security practices)The "Right to be Forgotten"
    Is your company ready for this?  Do you need a Chief Privacy Officer?  We can help with legal compliance issues.  I worked at Experian many years ago, and my job title was "Privacy Consultant" where my job was to know all the privacy laws and consult with "financial institutions" to discuss compliance opportunities.  Using "Privacy" as a "Best Practice."  Call us at (877) 276-5084 for more information.

    • 21 min

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