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Case # Legal Category Arts Category Client Type Description
15-403 b Literature, Visual Art Pro Bono

A visual artist needs advice on claims related to flood damage to her condo unit. She is disabled and unable to afford legal counsel.

16-016 Literature Pro Bono

The author of a nonfiction text on African American history has discovered that a former colleague is selling his book with a different binding. He’d like legal help addressing this matter before he releases a new edition.

16-041 Music Pro Bono

A gospel song composer needs help enforcing her rights against several artists who are selling cover versions of her song.

16-055 Film/TV, Theater Pro Bono

A writer seeks legal help securing the rights to a movie or book to be adapted for stage performance.

16-068 Music Pro Bono

A rap artist seeks to recover money he paid to a promoter who never performed the services that were promised.

16-075 Other Pro Bono

Client used certain song lyrics stamped into her original jewelry designs. A third party retail site removed the content from her web page and she needs advice.

16-105 Visual Art Pro Bono

Client, an art student, accepted a commission to create and install public art and has run into difficulty negotiating the cost and method to enlarge images. He also needs advice on his license to use images for this project.

16-134 Film/TV Pro Bono

Client needs help resolving a dispute over a television show she produced. There is a pending settlement and issues over copyright and trademark assets.

16-158 Visual Art, Other Pro Bono

Two installation artists agreed to an artist in residency program that was cut short due to funding, leaving them without housing. They seek advice on any claims.

16-226 Film/TV Pro Bono

A local filmmaker has a contract dispute with a film agent. They terminated their agreement but failed to agree on a settlement amount. Client needs help obtaining royalty statements from the agent and collecting amounts owed.

16-256 Visual, Other Pro Bono

A glass artist with physical disabilities needs help resolving contract disputes with two arts service organizations.

16-258 Other Pro Bono

Client runs an art supply business and believes she was scammed into placing an order for a fictitious person who either refuted the credit card charge or used another person's credit card without authorization. Client placed the order through a third party payment service which is now trying to collect the amount charged from Client and that put her account on hold, interrupting her small business.

16-283 Film/TV Pro Bono

A video editor needs help collecting a debt for services rendered..

16-325 Film/TV, Music, Theater Pro Bono

Client seeks copyright counsel and review of claims with producers who appear to have taken advantage of her by using her work beyond the scope of any agreement. Client lives on low income in southern Illinois and shared screenplays and stage plays with the expectation of compensation. She has very limited knowledge of copyright law and offered, over email, to create some content as works for hire. She seems to be taken advantage of but it may be that parties simply lacked counsel and need help setting out terms on paper.

16-337 Music Pro Bono

A songwriter and performer, who is also involved in fashion, jewlery design and culinary arts needs legal advice regarding business sturcture and help establishing an entity. She also needs legal advice regarding IP protection.

16-368 Visual Art Pro Bono

Client generated several logos, branding, graphic design and signage for a school in Wisconsin and seeks legal advice. The parties did not have a contract and she'd like the school to stop using her work or compensate her appropriately.

16-375 Film/TV, Other, Theater Pro Bono

An award winning musical theater composer needs help setting up a business with a silent partner and protecting his intellectual property.

16-387 Fashion, Film/TV, Music Pro Bono

A film producer, songwriter, composer and designer needs help choosing a business structure, setting up an entity and registering her trademark.

16-406 Literature, Music Pro Bono

Client has a completed manuscript and needs an agreement for use with her editor. She also needs legal advice regarding the self-publishing contract she signed. She paid in full for the publishing, but due to medical issues was not able to publish in the time frame set forth in the contract.

16-411 Literature, Other Pro Bono

Client completed a manuscript and seeks legal advice regarding a self publishing agreement.

16-432 Other Pro Bono

An author seeks help with a publishing contract dispute. Her publisher has failed to perform and is selling Client's book online without Client's consent. Client would like help either terminating the contract or compelling the publisher to perform.

16-480 Other Pro Bono

Client, a talented fashion designer, agreed to create prototypes for five unique garments for a third party. She delivered two prototypes for each garment (a total of ten) and her customer demanded all patterns and appeared on the news, holding up one Client's design sketches and claimed to be the designer. Client seeks help resolving this dispute.

16-516 Dance, Film/T.V., Music, Performance Art, Theater Pro Bono

A concert promoter needs help securing P3 Visas for performing artists from Pakistan.

16-527 Music Pro Bono

A small symphonic music group needs legal advice regarding copyright and rights of publicity; and a contract to secure the right to use images and recordings of the group members for promotional purposes.

16-556 Film/TV Pro Bono

Documentary filmmakers need two contracts for their sound engineer; a license for the right to use existing music and a work for hire agreement for music to be composed specifically for their film. The parties have agreed to terms and need counsel to craft the agreement.

16-584 Film/TV Pro Bono

A screenwriter filed a pro se complaint in the Central District of CA, for copyright infringement, breach of implied contract based on the submission of his idea, and deceptive trade practices. Recently he asked for the matter to be moved to Illinois. The defendants are major media entities. Client is hoping to secure representation in Illinois on a contingent fee basis.

16-598 Film/TV, Literature, Music, Theater, Other Pro Bono

A writer who did a radio interview of a well known music professional, wants to write a book about the experience and needs legal advice regarding rights of publicity.

16-617 Literature Pro Bono

The author of three novels, that have been sold through various online and brick and mortar retail outlets, needs help securing an accounting and recovering amounts owed.

16-630 Other Contingent Fee (PB Eligible)

A fashion accessory producer needs help recovering amounts he paid to a manufacturer for goods that were never delivered. This is a contingent fee matter.

16-634 Music Pro Bono

A poet and songwriter recently started a music publishing company and needs start-up advice and help protecting his intellectual property.

16-652 Film/TV Pro Bono

The producer of a TV pilot about women in Chicago would like advice regading legal issues that may be raised in connection with the prospective sale of her pilot to a television network.

16-660 Music Contingent Fee (PB Eligible)

Client believes that the story-line in a popular novel is actually her life story and needs help evaluating any potential claim that she might have.

17-046 Dance Pro Bono

Client, a small NFP, is participating in a multi-million dollar neighborhood redevelopment project and needs help with contracts.

17-052 Film/TV, Music, Performance Art, Visual Art Pro Bono

Client produces a webisode in which she invites artists to perform music written by Client and her band. The orignial purpose was to showcase her music but it has become a platform for local artists. Client needs contracts for her band members, the videographers, and the performers; and general advice on protecting her intellectual property.

17-056 Visual Art Paying

Client, who has a masters degree in urban planning, creates large scale outdoor art and has been asked to participate in a community redevelopment project. Client needs help drafting and negotiating an agreement that fairly compensates him for the work that his doing as an artist and the work that he is doing as a consultant.

17-057 Visual Art Pro Bono

A decorative artist who painted murals for an interior designer, in part as an employee and in part as an independent contractor, would like to use photographs of her murals to promote her work. The interior designer objected to Client's use of the images and Client needs legal advice regarding her rights.

17-066 Literature Pro Bono

A small NFP literary journal is conducting a contest and plans to publish the winner's piece in a, first-ever, print version of the journal. Client needs an publishing contract for the winning writer.

17-067 Literature Pro Bono

A writer whose publisher may have gone out of business needs legal advice regarding royalty statements, payments and other rights she may have under the contract.

17-069 Other Contingent Fee (PB Eligible)

Client modeled for a photo shoot and the written agreement provided that the photos would be used for tradeshows and conventions. One of the photos was used for a magazine advertisement. Client needs help evaluating her claim she and pursuing recovery.

17-070 Visual Art, Other Pro Bono

A local NFP that employs high school students to create public art ,in thier neighborhoods, Client, needs help negotiating a contract. with another NFP that provides funding for Client's organization.

17-073 Literature Pro Bono

A poet needs help registering her poems with the copyright office, before she publishes her collection.

17-081b Other, Visual Art Pro Bono

Client designs and sells greeting cards and also has a project introducing card giving in Africa. She seeks advice on how to structure her business.