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Case # Legal Category Arts Category Client Type Description
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.

16-426 Film/TV, Music, Performance Art Pro Bono

Client wants to film and produce a series about street musicians in Chicago hosted by former street musicians. He needs assistance with business formation and startup, including IP protection and help securing licenses/assignments and/or work for hire agreements from participants. He may also have general questions about permitting or other legal requirements when out shooting footage.

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.

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

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

16-598 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.

16-634 Music Pro Bono

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

17-067 Literature Pro Bono

A writer needs help exercising her reversion rights under her publishing contract. The publisher is nonresponsive and seems to have ceased doing business.

17-070 Visual Art, Other Pro Bono

Client, a local NFP that employs high school students, needs help negotiating the IP provisions of 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.

17-079 Literature Pro Bono

Client has written a three parodies of popular children's books and would like counsel to evaluate the extent to which his work would be considered fair use.

17-104 Music Pro Bono

Client collaborated with another artist on a song in 1995. The other artist released the song and has been collecting royalties. Client has never been compensated although the other artist admits that Client shares the copyright on the work. The song has been, and continues to be, sold as a single and as part of a compilation; and is now being re-released by other producers. Client needs help to resolve this dispute and recover amounts owed.

17-113 Dance, Music, Performance Art, Theater Pro Bono

A small NFP performing arts organization plans to hire three independent contractors and needs agreements drafted for an executive director, a marketing person, and a business manager.

17-116 Visual Art Pro Bono

A talented and prominent fiber artist needs help protecting her intellectual property. Her work has been copied numerous times, but she is more interested in protecting her rights going forward than in pursuing an action for infringement.

17-124 Music Pro Bono

A music composer needs a license agreement to allow a video producer to use her music.

17-126 Performance Art, Theater Pro Bono

A local NFP is presenting a festival to highlight the works of certain playwrites and performers and needs a contract of engagement for the three groups that are coming from outside the country. (LCA has some festival agreements).

17-131 Film/TV Pro Bono

Client seeks legal advice on a documentary film featuring a historic American humanitarian. Client has a collection of releases from the subjects he interviewed, permission to use existing footage, and an agreement with the humanitarian's living daughter. He seeks review of his agreements and help acquiring any additional rights to assign to his existing small videography business or a new entity.

17-136 Theater Pro Bono

A NFP theatre needs help with dissolution.

17-146 Literature Pro Bono

The author of the first in a series of self-help books, needs advice regarding business structure and help registering two trademarks.

17-155 Visual Art Pro Bono

An illustrator,Client, collaborated with an author to create a children's book about a childhood disease. Without a formal written contract the parties agreed that Client would continue to own her illustrations; and that any proceeds from the sale of the book would be donated to an organization that does research toward a cure for the disease. Since the book was finished, the author has refused to provide Client with an accounting, has modified some of the illustrations and, most recently, assigned the copyright in the book without Client's consent. Client needs help resolving these issues.

17-158 Film/TV, Literature, Music, Performance Art, Theater, Visual Art Pro Bono

A poet who writes about race and relationships, needs a collaboration agreement with an illustrator for work they are doing together including a soon to be published book of poetry.