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Case # Legal Category Arts Category Client Type Description
18-585 Visual Art Pro Bono

Contract: Scholarship. 18-585 NFP educational group needs help setting up a scholarship program for art students.

18-708 Music Pro Bono

Dispute: Breach of Contract 1
8-708 Rap artist paid a producer to mix and master the tracks that the producer recorded for the artist. The producer never finished the mastering and Client would like the tracks to be returned to her so that she can work with them; or, in the alternative, Client would accept a refund of the amounts she paid to the producer.

19-031 Music, Performance Art, Other Pro Bono

Employment: Music.
19-031 NFP classical music group needs legal advice regarding structuring payments to its performers. They also have questions about board governance.

19-032 Music Pro Bono

Licensing: Music.
19-032 NFP Jazz group is planning to offer a podcast and needs legal advice regarding music licensing. Client needs help understanding what licenses he needs for playing recorded music on the podcast, playing live music on the podcast and offering the podcast for download.

19-113 Literature, Visual Art Pro Bono

Content Clearance: Literature
19-113 Graphic novelist needs counsel to help evaluate the risk posed by five items in his graphic novel. Issues include possible infringement of intellectual property rights and defamation.

19-127 Film/TV Pro Bono

Start-up: Film.
19-127 Filmmaker needs help with business structure and two contracts, one for cast members and one for crew.

19-129 Visual Art Pro Bono

Contract for Services: Painting.
19-129 Painter was hired by a marketing group to paint images of high profile personalities on memorabilia. Client needs help evaluating his liability exposure. He also needs help memorializing the terms of his agreement with the marketing group.

19-145 Music Pro Bono

Contract Drafting: Music.
19-145 Manager needs help memorializing an agreement between the artist that she manages, the artist's music producer and herself as the manager.

19-152b Music Contingent Fee (PB Eligible)

Dispute: Pending Age Discrimination Litigation.
19-255 Clients filed an age discirmination suit pro-se. They made a settlement proposal that was rejected and have discovery is pending. Clients need counsel to assist with the litigation.

19-195 Music, Performance Art, Visual Art Pro Bono

Dispute: Trademark.
19-195 Rap artist needs help evaluating whether part of his costume can be protected by trademark.

19-196 Other Pro Bono

IP Protection: Software
19-196 Client is developing an arts related software application and needs help securing the appropriate type of IP protection.

19-197 Visual Art Paying

SPAIN. Dispute.
19-197 Visual artist needs help recovering sculptural works that are in Madrid, Spain. They pieces were consigned to a gallery in Buenos Aires and the gallery owner transported them to Madrid for an art festival. All the communications between Client and the gallery are in Spanish.

19-213 Film/TV Pro Bono

19-213 NFP film group needs legal advice regarding their upcoming transition from an all-volunteer organization to one with paid staff.

19-217 Visual Art, Other Pro Bono

Start-up: Visual Art.
19-217 Visual artist needs start-up advice and help with business structure. She also needs advice regarding protecting her intellectual property.

19-227 Dance Pro Bono

Copyright Registration: Dance.
19-227 Client and his partner were prominent choreographers. Client is in his 90's his partner is deceased. Client would like to apply to register the joint choreaographic works that he and his partner authored and needs counsel to assist.

19-233 Other Contingent Fee

Dispute: Copyright.
19-233 Mystery author needs help preventing an internet website from pirating her work.

19-234 Music Pro Bono

Dispute: Copyright Infringement: Music.
19-234 Client wrote and recorded music that was used without authorization in several episodes of a television show. With the assistance of counsel Client entered into a Settlement Agreement with the show's producers of the television. In violation of the settlement agreement the producers recently licensed the show to a streaming platform. Client needs help evaluating his claim.

19-244 Visual Art Pro Bono

Dispute: Copyright Infringement.
19-244 Visual artist's original work is being pirated and sold through online retailers in the US and abroad. Client needs counsel to draft a cease and desist letter to send to the retailers.

19-246 Visual Art Pro Bono

Right of Publicity. Visual Art.
19-246 Painter needs help understanding the publicity rights of the celebrities who are featured in her work.

19-255 Visual Art, Other Contingent Fee

Dispute: Copyright Infringement.
19-255 Visual artist is a defendant in a declaratory judgement actions brought by a large organization that hired him to improve their trademark.

19-257 Film/TV, Literature Pro Bono

Trademark and Copyright Registration.
19-257 Young journalist needs legal advice regarding an application for trademark and copyright protection that she attempted to do through an online platform.

19-262b Film/TV, Performance Art, Visual Art Pro Bono

Licensing: Television.
19-262b Creators of a show for kids need a licensing agreement with a local NFP that will air the show on its website.

19-267 Literature Pro Bono

Content Clearance: Publishing.
19-267 Co-authors (who are also brothers) of a science fiction manuscript need help evaluating the risk of publishing a futuristic novel that satirizes current politicians.

19-271 Music, Visual Art Pro Bono

Music Clearance.
19-271 Client wrote and produced a short docu-drama and needs help evaluating whether he needs permission to use a cover version of an old hit song in his film.

19-275 Dance Pro Bono

Employment: Dance.
19-275 NFP dance group needs counsel to review their employment practices and provide advice regarding classification of their employees.

19-277 Visual Art Pro Bono

Start-up: Photography.
19-277 Photographer needs start-up advice and help with business structure. He also has questions about photographing in public spaces and securing copyright protection on his photos.

19-279 Music Pro Bono

Employment: Music.
19-279 International association of musicians needs legal help drafting a harrassment policy.

19-283 Music Pro Bono

Dispute: Employment: Music.
19-283 Composer (Client) was an artist in residence for a local choral group. The conductor of the group promised to apply for grant money to pay Client, but he never did. Client produced compositions that were used by the choral group. Client needs help evaluating his rights and pursuing recovery.

19-284 Film/TV, Visual Art Pro Bono

Employment: Contract Review.
19-284 Videographer formerly an employee of a local photography studio was terminated as a full-time employee and subsequently offered work as an independent contractor. Client needs counsel to help him evaluate the independent contractor agreement.

19-286 Visual Art Pro Bono

Patent Application:
19-286 Client needs counsel to review her specifications for a mechanical and decorative art object and file the patent application.

19-294 Music Pro Bono

Contract Review: Music.
19-294 House music composer needs counsel to review a contract with a record label.

19-307 Music, Performance Art Pro Bono

Trademark: Music.
19-307 Music composer needs help with trademark registration.

19-324 Music Pro Bono

Contract Review: Music.
19-324 R&B composer needs help evaluating and negotiating a management contract.