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Case # Legal Category Arts Category Description
19-086
Pro Bono
Music

Copyright: Music.

19-086 Music producer needs help understanding the current law around the use of music samples in his work.

19-113
Pro Bono
Literature, Visual Art

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 violation of privacy rights.

19-173b
Pro Bono
Visual Art

NFP Advice: Literary.

19-173 NFP that publishes an art magazine needs help reinstating their 501(c)3 tax exemption which was revoked for failure to file 990s.
19-220b
Pro Bono
Dance, Music, Theater

NFP Advice: Dance

19-220 Through its participating artists, Client creates art installation pieces that appeal to multiple senses. Client needs help transitioning from an LLC to a tax-exempt NFP.
19-234
Pro Bono
Music

Dispute: Breach of Settlement Agreement: 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. Producer violated the settlement. Client needs help evaluating his claim.
19-244
Pro Bono
Visual Art

Dispute: Copyright Infringement.

19-244 Visual artist needs a cease and desist letter and copyright infringement evaluation. Counterfeit copies of enamel pins that he designed are being sold online. Referring attorney need not agree to commence litigation.

19-341
Pro Bono
Dance, Performance Art

NFP Advice: Re-drafting Bylaws

19-341 Client needs help redrafting bylaws which are required for their application for an Illinois Sales Tax Exemption.

19-395b
Pro Bono
Visual Art

Pending Litigation.

19-395 Visual artist was the victim of a scam perpetrated though a credit card processing system, and the credit card company filed an action to collect from the artist. Client needs counsel to represent him in the defense of this claim.

19-417
Pro Bono
Music

Employment: Classification of Employees. Orchestra

19-417 NFP orchestra needs counsel to help them understand how unemployment compensation requirements apply to their organization.

19-420
Pro Bono
Film/TV

Content Clearance: Film.

19-420 Documentary film-maker, in a master's degree program, is producing a film about the challenges faced by three friends who left a cult like environment in which they had been raised. Client is concerned about a possible defamation claim and needs an attorney opinion letter to submit with his application for errors and omissions insurance.

19-467
Pro Bono
Visual Art

Dispute: Consignment of Art Agreement

19-467 Visual artist needs help enforcing a Consignment of Art Agreement against a local gallery.

Materials Available
19-477
Pro Bono
Visual Art

Dispute: Copyright VARA

19-477 Visual artist was commissioned to paint a mural on the wall of a public school in the 1990s. The mural was later removed and client needs help evaluating his rights under the Visual Artists Rights Act.

Materials Available
19-479
Pro Bono
Literature, Music, Performance Art, Visual Art

Dispute: Landlord Tenant

19-479 Sound artist who hosts musical performances in his live/work space received a notice from the City of Chicago informing him that he needs a PPA license. Client needs help evaluating whether a PPA license or a PAV license is required for his shows.

Materials Available
19-491
Pro Bono
Dance, Performance Art

Contract Review: Dance

19-491 NFP dance group needs help evaluating whether there are any legal issues they need to address before offering programs that include both adolescent girls and adults.

19-492
Pro Bono
Other

Trademark Registration: App. Developer

19-492 Greeting card app. developer needs help with trademark registration. He is working with LCA pro bono counsel on the patent application.

19-521
Pro Bono
Fashion

Trademark Protection: Fashion

19-521 Graphic and sportswear designer needs help with trademark protection.

19-522
Pro Bono
Music

Contract Drafting: Music License

19-522 NFP Orchestra hired several composers to write music based on their experience in the city. The Orchestra needs help drafting a license agreement for the composers

Sample License Agreements available
19-539
Pro Bono
Literature, Theater

Contract Review: License: Film

19-539 Client licensed the rights to an out-of-print book to adapt it for the theater. Client performed three staged readings of the play which have gone well. Recently, a well known author expressed an interest in optioning the rights to the book for a film adaptation. Client needs help confirming that their rights to the stage production are protected.

19-549
Pro Bono
Visual

Dispute: Consignment of Art Agreement

19-549 Visual artist needs help enforcing his rights to the return of three pieces of visual art that he consigned to a gallery, or to payment in the event that the artwork has been sold.

Materials Available
19-553
Pro Bono
Visual

Contract Review: Consulting and Commissioned Artwork for a Film Agreement

19-533 Visual artist received a contract to provide artwork and consulting services to a well known production company and needs help evaluating the offer.

Sample Commissioned Work Agreements Available
19-555
Pro Bono
Film/T.V.

Contract Drafting: NDA: Film

19-555 Documentary filmmakers, producing a film about food supplies, need a Non-Disclosure Agreement and general advice regarding protecting their intellectual property.

Sample Nondisclosure Agreements Available
19-557
Pro Bono
Theater

Contract Drafting: License Agreement: Theater

19-557 Small cultural arts museum,Client, is funding the production of a play and needs a contract with the playwright/producer that describes the rights and obligations of the parties.

Sample Production Agreements available
19-563
Pro Bono
Music

Contract Drafting: Music License

19-563 Music aggregation service needs start-up advice, and two license agreements. They need one license from artists that allows Client to market the artists music, and a second license to the music users.

Sample Music Licensing Agreements Available
19-575
Pro Bono
Film/T.V.

Dispute: Copyright

19-575, Recent college graduate/filmmaker wrote a script for a film that was produced by a start-up media company. The media company was a student organization that was operating with the support of the entrepreneurship program at U of I. Client recently learned that the founder of the media company (another student) registered copyright in her script in the name of the media company. Client needs help enforcing her intellectual property rights.

19-577
Pro Bono
Music

Dispute: Breach of "Artist and Musician Contract Signing Agreement"

19-577 Pop music singer-songwriter signed with a record label in March of 2019 and wrote ten songs with the agreement that she would record an album in September. Client, also, recruited other singers to be on the album. Record label terminated the agreement and Client needs help understanding her rights and pursuing recovery.

Sample Recording Agreements Available
19-586
Pro Bono
Visual

Contract Drafting: License: Photography

19-856 Photographer needs a license to allow a real estate developer to use her photos for marketing and decorating in connection with an upcoming development project.

19-593
Pro Bono
Music

Trademark Registration: Music

19-593 Rap music artist needs help with trademark registration.

19-632
Pro Bono
Other

Dispute: Independent Contractor & Copyright Ownership

19-632 Photographer provided services to a real estate broker under a verbal agreement. Recently, the parties terminated the working relationship. Client needs help collecting the balance due and enforcing his copyrights in the images.

19-638
Pro Bono
Visual

NFP: Start-up

19-638 For profit arts education organization that has been in existence since 1975 plans to set up a NFP to provide arts education to under-served children in the community.

19-646
Pro Bono
Music

Dispute: Music

19-646 Client needs help collecting royalties. In collaboration with a rap artist Client wrote and recorded about a dozen tracks. Client wrote and played the music and the rap artist wrote the lyrics and performed the vocals. Songs off an album that came out in 2016 have been licensed and Client received one royalty payment. Recently, Client was able to secure an an accounting but no payment. Client needs legal help collecting the royalties that he is owed.

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