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Case # Legal Category Arts Category Client Type Description
18-758 Visual Art Pro Bono

Employment and Copyright: Photography 18-758 Photographer who was hired to photograph business owner's clients, was treated as an independent contractor but paid as an employee. Client needs help evaluating her rights in the photographs.

19-031 Music, Other, Performance Art Pro Bono

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

19-086 Dance, Film/TV, Literature, Music, Other, Performance Art, Theater, Visual Art Pro Bono

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

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 violation of privacy rights. LCA Video Law Library: Representing the LCA Writer, Content Concerns (1.0 CLE Hours)

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. LCA Video Law Library: Representing the LCA Filmmaker, Overview of Film Law Topics (1.25 CLE Hours) Actor Agreements (0.5 CLE Hours) Sample Actor Agreements Available.

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 pending. Clients need counsel to assist with the litigation.

19-173b Visual Art Pro Bono

NFP: Literary.
NFP that publishes an art magazine needs help reinstating their 501(c)3 tax exemption which was revoked for failure to file 990s.

19-197 Visual Art Paying

Dispute: Consignment of Art: MADRID
19-197 Visual artist needs help recovering sculptural works that are in Madrid, Spain. The 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

Employment: NFP: Film
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.

19-220b Dance, Literature, Music, Performance Art, Theater, Visual Art, Other Pro Bono

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 Music Pro Bono

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 Visual Art Pro Bono

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. LCA Video Law Library: Copyright Principles in the Arts, Overview of Copyright Issues in the Arts (2.0 CLE Hours)

19-249 Visual Art Pro Bono

Dispute: Defamation.
19-249 Jewelry designer (Client) collaborated with a photographer for a number of years. They ended the relationship, and the photographer has been posting negative comments about the Client on social media. Client needs help addressing this situation.

19-279 Music Pro Bono

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

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 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.

19-285 Other Pro Bono

Start-up: Design. 19-285 Branding company that does photo shoots and design work needs start-up advice, help with business structure and a customer contract.  Sample Artist Agreements available.

19-339 Film/TV Pro Bono

Start-up: Film. 19-339 Film producer needs start-up advice and help with business structure. LCA Video Law Library: Representing the LCA Filmmaker Overview of Film Law Topics (1.25 CLE Hours)

19-341 Dance, Performance Art Pro Bono

NFP: Bylaws.
19-341 Performance art NFP needs help drafting bylaws.

19-345 Performance Art Pro Bono

Start-up: Performance Art. 19-345 Client is launching a character actor business. She plans to hire actors to attend events, festivals and parties dressed in costumes to entertain the guests and participants. Client needs start-up advice, help with business structure and two contracts, one for the customers and one for the actors. Sample Artist Agreements available.

19-357 Film/TV Pro Bono

Start-up: Fundraising Questions.
19-357 Filmmaker needs legal advice regarding whether he should work with a Fiscal Sponsor or accept an unconditional gift as seed money for his film.

19-358 Music Pro Bono

Contract Review: Music.
19-358 Rap artist needs counsel to review a basically one-page, two-year, exclusive distribution deal with a record label that was started by a well-known Chicago musician.

19-390 Dance, Performance Art Pro Bono

Contract: Dance.
19-390 NFP needs help memorializing the terms of an agreement underwhich the NFP will raise money through donations to bring a music and dance group to underserved communities.

19-395 Visual Art Pro Bono

Dispute: 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 defense of the claims against him.

19-411 Music, Performance Art Pro Bono

NFP: Music.
19-411 For profit music school would like to set up a NFP to provide instruments, education and performance opportunities to underserved members of the community.

19-417 Music Pro Bono

Employment: Classification of Employees. Orchestra
19-417 NFP orchestra needs counsel to help them understand how unemployment compesation requirements apply to their organization.

19-420 Film/TV Pro Bono

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.

19-427 Music Pro Bono

Start-up: Music. 19-427 Client is in the process of launching a record label and needs start-up advice and help with business structure.Sample Recording Contracts available.

19-448 Dance, Music Pro Bono

Contract Review: Music
19-448 Two sixteen year old rap artists have been offered an Exclusive Artist Recording Agreement and need help evaluating the terms of the agreement.

19-451 Visual Art, Other Pro Bono

Dispute: Employment.
Photo and digital media company employee needs help evaluating her sexual discrimination in the workplace claim.

19-455 Film/TV, Music Pro Bono

Contract Review: Music
Twin brothers, a rap music team, needs counsel to help them evaluate a music manager agreement.