Case #Legal CategoryArts CategoryClient TypeDescriptionTraining MaterialsLaw Library
20-0505Copyright Infringement, DisputesFilm/TV, PhotographyPro Bono

20-505 Client posted a blog related to living with a disability during a pandemic. A UK firm copied and posted Client's entire blog verbatim, including the pictures and video. Client needs counsel to draft a cease and desist letter to the infringer.

20-0520OtherFilm/TV, Music, Visual ArtPro Bono

20-520 Multi-disciplinary artist engaged in visual art and music needs help drafting a will and a trust.

20-0586Trademark ProtectionFilm/TVPro Bono

20-586 Filmmaker is in the process of producing an action comedy and needs help with trademark registration.

Representing the LCA Filmmaker: Overview
20-0753Visa and ImmigrationMusicPro Bono

20-753 Talented pianist, a non-US citizen, whose Visa expired in August of 2020 needs counsel to review his Eb1 Visa application form.

20-0769Business Startup/Corporate, Not for Profit AdvicePro Bono

20-769 Group of artists who promote cultural integration, need legal advice regarding organizational structure. They are trying to determine whether to form a NFP or a co-op.

Nonprofit Law for Small Arts Organizations
20-0789DisputesMusicPro Bono

20-789 Client inherited a record label and recently discovered that a UK record label is about to release an album with music from Client's label. Client needs help evaluating a claim for copyright infringement.

20-0822OtherFilm/TV, Music, Visual ArtPro Bono

20-822 Client is a person with disabilities, his brother, a successful recording artist, passed away and client needs help evaluating any claim he might have to the assets.

20-0840Business Startup/Corporate, Not for Profit AdviceDance, Film/TV, Literature, Music, Performance Art, Theater, Visual ArtPro Bono

20-840 Client plans to develop a residential facility for artists with disabilities. The artists will live and work on the premises. Client needs help determining the best business structure to employ to purchase the property.

20-0846OtherLiterature, Visual ArtPro Bono

20-846 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
20-0943OtherVisual ArtPro Bono

20-943 NFP that provides arts education and art therapy is looking for a local attorney to serve on their Board and provide legal advice on various matters as they arise.

20-0961Employment, DisputesLiterature, 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.

20-0981Business Startup/Corporate, Not for Profit AdviceLiterature, Music, Performance Art, Visual ArtPro Bono

20-981 Start-up NFP organization, engaged in neighborhood revitalization, has questions about operating an art gallery as part of the NFP.

Nonprofit Law for Small Arts Organizations
20-1008Copyright Protection/LicensingFilm/TVPro Bono

20-1008 Client is engaged in producing sketch comedy and wants to understand the limits on his use of scenes from well known movies.

20-1010Business Startup/CorporateOther, Visual ArtPro Bono

20-1010 Artist/gallery owner also performs website design services and would like to formalize her business structure. Client would like to set up an LLC for her individual art and her gallery, and a dba for her web-design services. Client needs legal advice regarding business structure.

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.

20-1021ContractsFilm/TV, TheaterPro Bono

20-1021 Client produced a multi-cultural web-series with the assistance of another producer who did the pre-production and post-production work. Client would like to split the rights to the series 50/50 and needs counsel to draft the agreement.

20-1026Copyright Protection/LicensingFilm/TV, TheaterPro Bono

20-1026 Theater group that is dedicated to building community and celebrating shared humanity through meaningful stories, is planning to create digital content to use in connection with a fund-raising campaign and needs legal advice regarding music licensing.

20-1033Business Startup/CorporateVisual ArtPro Bono

20-1033 Textile artist who recently relocated to Illinois needs legal advice regarding registering her business in Illinois.

20-1051ContractsLiterature, MusicPro Bono

20-1051 Client, a poet, engaged in the EDI movement, entered into a verbal agreement with a musician to allow the musician to use one of his poems as the lyrics to a song. Client needs a written agreement for the musician that sets forth the terms of their agreement.

20-1054Business Startup/CorporateFilm/TVPro Bono

20-1054 Four recent film school graduates have been invited by their, award winning, professor to co-produce a film featuring under-represented voices and need help forming an LLC for their film production company.

20-1059Business Startup/Corporate, Trademark ProtectionFashionPro Bono

20-1059 Fashion designer needs start-up advice, help with business structure, and assistance with trademark registration for one mark.

20-1063Business Startup/Corporate, Not for Profit AdviceArts EducationPro Bono

20-650 For profit architectural education organization needs legal advice regarding business structure and the possibility of establishing a NFP.

Nonprofit Law for Small Arts Organizations
20-1071ContractsMusicPro Bono

20-1071 Electronic music producer needs counsel to review and evaluate a music publishing agreement.

20-1082ContractsMusicPro Bono

20-1082 Talented singer was hired by a composer to do a demo of a song. The composer planned to submit the demo for a television commercial contest. After the demo was submitted for the contest, client received a Work for Hire agreement from the composer. Client needs help evaluating the agreement.

20-1083Copyright Protection/LicensingFilm/TVPro Bono

20-1083 Clients are producing a film that centers on the characters playing a board game. The actual game is protected by copyright and Clients need help evaluating whether they need to secure a license from the copyright holder of the game or whether they can rely on fair use.

Application of Fair Use in the Arts
20-1084Business Startup/CorporateFilm/TVPro Bono

20-1084 Minority filmmaker is producing a film about a black female architect graduating from a predominantly white university. Client needs start-up advice and help with business structure.

20-1086Not for Profit AdviceFilm/TVPro Bono

20--1086 Award winning NFP film production company needs help with dissolution of the organization.

20-1119Copyright Protection/LicensingVisual ArtPro Bono

20-1119 Client needs help with copyright registration for a deck of cards. Each has a unique design and there are seventy-two cards in the deck.

Overview of Copyright Issues in the Arts
20-1120DisputesFilm/TVPro Bono

20-1120 Film producer (client) would like to terminate a contract with a distributor. The distributor agreed to termination but is insisting on a non-disparagement provision in the termination agreement. Client objects to the non-disparagement provision and needs help resolving the dispute.

20-1164OtherLiterature, OtherPro Bono

20-1164 Poet and songwriter needs help drafting a will that addresses her intellectual property rights.

20-1178Business Startup/CorporateDancePro Bono

20-1178 Client needs help evaluating various business structures for an a center dedicated to African diaspora movement research.

20-1184ContractsFilm/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.

20-1188Business Startup/Corporate, Not for Profit AdviceDance, Performance ArtPro Bono

20-1188 Small performing arts NFP would like advice regarding organizational structure. They need help understanding the pros and cons of using a membership model with a large board that includes 60% independent board members.

21-0028Disputes, Commercial LitigationVisual ArtContingent Fee (PB Eligible)

21-0028 Visual artist painted a large outdoor mural and was paid 2/3 of the full payment amount. Client needs help evaluating his claim and recovering the balance due.

21-0043EmploymentFilm/TV, Performance Art

21-0043 Client is a comedian and filmmaker who has been informed that his employment, at his day job, will be terminated in March. As a result, Client plans to apply for unemployment benefits in March, and needs help evaluating whether launching a business, as an artist, will jeopardize his unemployment benefits.

21-0049Personal Injury/Damage to PropertyMusicPro Bono

21-0049 Client was injured while moving instruments at his place of employment. Client filed a workers compensation claim and needs legal help responding to the insurance company.

21-0053DisputesMusicPro Bono

21-0053 Craftsman designed and built an instrument and delivered it to a customer. The customer refused to pay the agreed upon amount, and Client needs help evaluating his right to reclaim the instrument. In the alternative, Client needs help enforcing his right to full payment of the amount owed.