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Attorney Steve® discusses key elements of a modeling contract
AttorneySteve.com - Entertainment Law Essentials - Modeling Agreements (Key Points to Consider)
In this exciting episode of Vondran Legal Hour, intellectual property attorney Steve Vondran discusses the key things to know BEFORE SIGNING THAT MODELING / ACTING AGREEMENT. Once you get locked into a two or three-year contract, you may find it hard to get out of without a lot of hassles. In this podcast, we discuss some of the key legal issues to consider:
1. IP rights (who owns what and for how long and for what purposes)
2. Right of refusal clauses (do you have sole discretion to accept or reject an assignment or project without penalty)?
3. Do you have accounting rights (and the righ to see a full invoice for every project you are paid on, including all deductions and expenses)?
4. Are you giving the agency or manager a "power of attorney" or making them "attorney-in-fact." If so, is this "revocable?"
5. Is the arrangment "exclusive" or "non-exclusive" (meaning you can still get your own jobs)
6. Is the fees (commissions) negotiable? Why not try?
7. Do you own your rights of publicity (nmae, image, likeness, in California for exampe)?
8. Can they force you to do bikini shots or nude shoots against your will?
9. What happens if there is a dispute? Where is the dispute heard (NY or CA choice of law)? Who pays what, is there an attorney fees clause?
10. What specifically, are they agreeing to do for you. That is something that can often be vague (they don't want to commit to much, but want you to pay yearly fees for example)
Settlement factors in Strike 3 Holdings Lawsuits by Attorney Steve®
Attorney Steve® - BitTorrent Copyright Litigation - Settlement Factors in Strike 3 Holdings, LLC lawsuits.
In this exciting episode of Vondran Legal Hour, Attorney Steve® discusses some of the key factors that can impact your settlement amount when you are facing a lawsuit from Strike 3 Holdings, LLC. Our firm is a leader in handling California file-sharing lawsuits filed by this prolific filer of copyright infringement actions (including in the Eastern District, Southern District, Northern District and Central District).
We have handled more California Strike 3 cases than any other firm. For more information or for a free consultation, call us at (877) 2276-5084.
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Overview of Orange County Bar Association Fee Disputes
Attorney Steve® Civil Litigation Tips - Arbitration of Fee Disputes (OCBA)
If you ever feel ripped off by your legal counsel, (as far as the amount or reasonableness of Attorney Fees), this Vondran Legal® podcast will tell you how you can file a fee dispute, even without a lawyer, and seek to recover unreasonable or overpaid fees, or billing errors. The "subpoena power" is also discussed, which is a strong power as we have mentioned so many times in our Strike 3 Holdings defense videos.
Remember, most counties will have their own state bar association. So, check out the rules in your jurisdiction. We may be able to help with SF / Bay area, Orange County, San Diego, and Los Angeles cases.
We may be able to represent you in your dispute. Hourly consultation and litigation fees apply. Call us at (877) 276-5084.
How to tackle a DMCA takedown bully by Attorney Steve®
Attorney Steve® - DMCA takedown bully counter-defense tips. The 512(f) retraction letter.
In this episode of Vondran Legal Hour, Attorney Steve® discusses those "nagging" DMCA takedown trolls who seek to hit up your creative content with:
1. DMCA takedown claims (ex. Etsy, YouTube videos, Apple App Store disputes)
2. Monetization claims (ex. Jumping on your monetization for a video you worked really hard on
3. Pursuing copyright "strikes" (that could force you to lose your channel)
In these instances, you want to have a plan to fight back and reclaim your content especially where there is no infringement (ex. Fair Use) or you have a paid license (this just happened to me on my channel), or the statute of limitations has run, public domain content, etc.
The DMCA 512(f) retraction letter - sent certified mail - may be just the trick you need to fight off the over-aggressive copyright holder.
If you need any help with DMCA disputes, counter-notifications, 512(f) claims, or federal court lawsuits, call us at (877) 276-5084 or go to VondranLegal.com
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Is it legal to HACK your own car?
Attorney Steve® Copyright Law Essentials - Vehicle Software - DMCA 1201 Exemption
In this episode of Vondran Legal Hour Attorney Steve® discusses the new guideline issued by the Library of Congress (United States Copyright Office) which provides a limited exemption to have the software in your car, truck, tractor or other vehicle that has software to control things like:
Steering assistBraking assistDoorsWindowsHornsNavigation systemMedia & Entertainment system
Many people don't know that when you "buy" a vehicle you may only be "licensing" the software inside that vehicle. Companies like GM and John Deer would prefer you NOT tinker with your own car and bring it in to an authorized repair shop (as opposed to try to hack into your software, circumventing access controls - section 1201 prohibits), but the Copyright Office now allows for a limited "fair use" type exemption for accessing your vehicle software for "good faith security research". What this phrase means will likely have to mature with case law.
We hope you enjoy this content from our copyright podcast collection.
If you need help with a DMCA or Copyright issue (including software disputes), we can be found on the web at AttorneySteve.com Make sure to check our our YouTube channel, we are closing in on 30k subscribers - great stuff at AttorneySteveVideos.com
Siemens files software piracy lawsuit in Texas federal district court
Attorney Steve® - Software Piracy Defense Essentials - Siemens Federal Court Lawsuit
If you received a subpoena notice from your ISP such as Comcast thatt lets you know there is a pending lawsuit filed in the State of Texas Federal District Court, call us for a free initial discussion. The defendants are being sued as "John Doe" basically because the Plaintiff (Siemens PLM) does not know your name and contact information. This is what they are trying to seek from the ISP. In some cases you can settle ananonymously, but this time around (we have appeared in other lawsuits with Siemens), their copyright counsel has advised us they want to get all the names and address and perform their due dilligence before they make any decision on settlements. I should note many defendants have non-existent "minimum contacts" with the State of Texas, so it will be interesting to see how they want to handle these types of cases.
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