Case #Legal CategoryArts CategoryClient TypeDescriptionTraining MaterialsLaw Library
20-0846OtherLiterature, Visual ArtPro Bono

20-846 Minority author is concerned about a nursing home attaching her bank account and needs legal advice regarding asset protection. Client is 74 and is planning for the future. She is not currently in a residential facility.

20-0896Copyright Infringement, DisputesOtherPro Bono

20-896 Client posted a commentary on a popular ISP site, detailing rumors about the upcoming release of a popular video game. The copyright holder sent a notice and take-down request, which resulted in the content being removed from the site. Client has requested reinstatement and needs help evaluating his options in the event that the reinstatement request is denied.

Copyright Principles in the Arts: DMCA Notice and Takedown Procedure
20-0961DisputesLiterature, OtherPro Bono

20-961 Founder of a literary NFP, that has been in existence for more than a decade, was a member of the Board of Directors and the Managing Editor of the organization when he was involuntarily removed from the Board after a new Executive Director launched a campaign to discredit and remove him from his position. Client needs help reviewing the situation and evaluating his options.

20-1019Other, DisputesVisual ArtPro Bono

20-1019 Two visual artists collaborated on a series of paintings and Client is the defendant in an action by the Plaintiff to recover possession of the physical works. Client needs counsel to represent her in the litigation.

20-1184DisputesFilm/TVPro Bono

20-1184 Award-winning, minority, filmmaker is producing a feature film about the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and needs a license to use the CPD logo. Client is looking for counsel to negotiate with CPD. Client's initial application was declined.

Representing the LCA Filmmaker: Overview of Film Law Topics
21-0008Copyright InfringementMusicContingent Fee (PB Eligible)

21-0008 Minority rap artist needs help evaluating a claim for copyright infringement.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Rights in Musical Compositions
21-0060Disputes, Landlord-TenantVisual ArtPro Bono

21-0060 Minority visual artist, in the fashion sector, needs help terminating her lease and recovering the security deposit. Client's space is in a multi-unit building and her neighbor in the next unit has been complaining about the fumes from client's supplies. The situation has escalated and Client does not feel safe in the space.

21-0075DisputesMusicContingent Fee (PB Eligible)

21-0075 Client, the son of a successful songwriter, inherited his fathers catalogue of music. He has a Writer Successor Agreement and a Publishing Successor Agreement with BMI. Client decided to request a termaination of the original publishing agreement and needs help negotiating with the publisher.

Copyright Principles in the Arts: Overview of Copyright Issues in the Arts
21-0079ContractsVisual ArtPro Bono

21-0079 NFP arts collective is launching an artist census. The NFP is working with a technology company and another NFP to develop and supplement the census. Client needs two contracts, one for each of their partners. Client also needs advice regarding copyright and licensing.

21-0092Not for Profit AdviceFilm/TV, Literature, Music, OtherPro Bono

21-0092 Start-up NFP that does podcasting, and was formerly a project of the founder, needs help evaluating proper steps for transferring assets and liabilities to the NFP.

Representing the LCA Arts Organization: Nonprofit Law for Small Arts Organizations
21-0103Copyright Infringement, DisputesMusicPro Bono

21-0103 Client is a vocalist on a song that was recorded 1993. Client registered copyright in the performance and needs counsel to assess her rights under the licensing agreement and obtain an accounting of royalties associated with the performance. She is also interested in having an unauthorized YouTube video that includes the recording taken down pursuant to the DMCA.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Rights in Sound Recordings
21-0106ContractsVisual ArtPro Bono

21-0106 Environmental sculptor who was awarded a contract, by a government agency, to create a large scale earth art landscape project, will act as the general contractor for the project, and needs counsel to review her general contract, which has already been signed, and a proposed subcontractor agreement.

21-0111DisputesVisual ArtPro Bono

21-0111 Client, a visual artist, whose works were for-sale at a local gallery, needs counsel to assist with a demand letter to recover amounts the gallery owes to Client for works that were damaged or sold.

21-0146DisputesMusicPro Bono

21-0146 Minority music artist, Client, registered with one of the DIY music streaming distributors. Client needs help securing a royalty statement and determining if the distributor is withholding royalty payments.

21-0149DisputesVisual ArtPro Bono

21-0149 Visual artist with a long term outstanding debt to the IRS needs help evaluating whether she qualifies for Emergency COVID Tax Relief in the nature of a cancellation of the debt or abatement of interest and penalties.

21-0187Business Startup/CorporateMusicPro Bono

21-0187 Client runs a music school that is currently set up as an L3C. Client needs help evaluating whether this is the best organizational structure for the current operations of the business.

21-0194Contracts, Employment, Copyright Protection/LicensingFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0194 Minority, co-producers of a drama about Diabetes need a Co-Producer Agreement. Terms have been agreed to.

Representing the LCA Filmmaker: Overview of Film Law Topics
21-0198Copyright Protection/LicensingFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0198 Producer of a reality television series needs an Attorney Opinion Letter to support her application for errors and omissions insurance.

Copyright Principles in the Arts: Application and Analysis of Fair Use
21-0282Contracts, Other, EstatesMusicPro Bono

21-0282 Minority songwriter with a catalogue of about forty songs needs an estate plan to transfer those assets to his children.

21-0439Contracts, Copyright Protection/LicensingFilm/TV, MusicPro Bono

21-0439 Client developed a website to match video-game developers with musicians to compose music for their games. Client needs counsel to review the Terms of Service Agreement.

21-0459ContractsVisual ArtPro Bono

21-0459 Minority multimedia artist plans to create an exhibition that includes individual portraits together with personal stories and needs help with a release for the featured individuals. She also needs a services agreement for the participating freelance photographers that includes IP and confidentiality provisions.

21-0463Copyright InfringementLiteraturePro Bono

21-0463 Journalist and business writer needs help evaluating a claim for copyright infringement of a business plan that she wrote several years ago.

Copyright Principles in the Arts: Copyright Litigation
21-0491EstatesMusicPro Bono

21-0491 One of the members of a World Music group, that has been together for ten years, recently passed away leaving two adult children as the heirs to his estate. The Band intends to direct royalties to the deceased member's heirs, but the record label is refusing to divide the deceased member's portion of the royalties. Record label claims that royalties need to go to one person. Client needs help resolving this dispute.

21-0501ContractsVisual ArtPro Bono

21-0501 NFP needs legal advice regarding marketing and selling an artists work as an NFT.

21-0504Business Startup/Corporate, Rights of Privacy and PublicityLiteraturePro Bono

21-0504 Minority author of a memoir needs help evaluating her potential liability for publishing a book that contains personal information about her ex-husband and about her now-deceased grandmother.

Representing the LCA Writer: Content Concerns
21-0524DisputesVisual ArtPro Bono

21-0524 Former Art Director for a small organization, that supports virtual workshops, needs help recovering unpaid wages.

21-0527Employment, OtherTheaterPro Bono

21-0527 Client, a pay equity consultant, is working to establish pay equity standards for theater organizations. Client needs counsel to review and evaluate her draft guidelines.

21-0556ContractsFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0556 Minority producer of a documentary film series about leaders in the NFP arts world needs counsel to draft a license agreement with the platform that will host the series and provide financial support.

21-0568Commercial LitigationVisual ArtPro Bono

21-0568 Visual artist needs help recovering approximately 30 works of visual art from a Chicago gallery. The works were delivered to the gallery in the late 90's and early 2000's under a written Consignment of Art Agreement. Client has never received payment for any of the works.

Representing the LCA Visual Artist: Consignment of Art
21-0572DisputesFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0572 Actor signed a written agreement with a management company; but shortly after signing terminated the agreement. Following termination, the management company made unauthorized charges against Client's credit card. Client needs counsel to send a demand letter to recover amounts owed.

21-0679Contracts, Not for Profit AdviceMusic, TheaterPro Bono

21-0679 NFP has two questions, first can one member of a collaborative be the fiscal agent for another member of the collaborative. Second, can one member of a collaborative adopt the collaborative as a subsidiary, and if so what are the risks and benefits of that corporate structure.

21-0681ContractsMusicPro Bono

21-0681 Indie pop band needs help renegotiating the terms of the band's agreement with its current manager.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Agreements with Third Parties
21-0691Copyright Protection/LicensingFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0691 Artist seeking to highlight judicial misconduct needs help determining whether she needs permission to use a video clip of a judicial disciplinary hearing that she found online. If permission is recommended, Client would also need a short license agreement.

21-0747Copyright Protection/LicensingMusicPro Bono

21-0747 Singer-songwriter needs help with copyright registration for seven songs. None of the songs have been released.

Copyright Principles in the Arts: Overview of Copyright Issues in the Arts
21-0751Rights of Privacy and Publicity, Not for Profit AdviceOther, Visual ArtPro Bono

21-0751 Immigration NFP needs intellectual property advice regarding their plans to produce a podcast in which undocumented immigrants will share their stories of facing deportation. Organization has counsel to assist with immigration issues.

21-0762Copyright Protection/LicensingLiteraturePro Bono

21-0762 Full time student needs help determining whether she needs a license to register copyright and publish her "Unofficial Harry Potter" potion making cookbook.

21-0788ContractsMusicPro Bono

21-0788 Client, a full time student, is launching a business as a music manager and needs a standard contract for his clients. He drafted his own short agreement but needs counsel to review and edit or draft a new agreement. Client is currently managing two music artists.

21-0789Business Startup/Corporate, OtherOther, Visual ArtPro Bono

21-0789 Website and digital product designer signed an NDA with a start-up and produced a copyrightable product. Start-up promised payment but never delivered. Client needs legal help interpreting the NDA and evaluating the limits.

21-0825Business Startup/CorporateFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0825 Podcast producer who also hosts the show, needs start-up advice and help with business structure.

21-0836Visa and ImmigrationFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0836 Minority filmmaker would like to engage a French cinematographer as the Director of Photography for her experimental narrative film and needs help identifying the correct Visa for this situation. Specifically, she would like advice regarding ESTA.

21-0840Contracts, Copyright Protection/LicensingOther, TheaterPro Bono

21-0840 Podcast creator needs help evaluating his rights in a podcast that he developed and hosted, on a volunteer basis, under the name of a small NFP that employed him. Client resigned from his position and would like help evaluating his rights in the podcast.