|Case #||Legal Category||Arts Category||Client Type||Description|
|18-585||Other||Visual Art||Pro Bono|| |
Contract: Scholarship. 18-585 NFP educational group needs help setting up a scholarship program for art students.
|18-708||Commercial Litigation/ADR/Other Claims||Music||Pro Bono|| |
Dispute: Breach of Contract 18-708 Rap artist paid a producer to mix and master the tracks that the producer recorded for the artist. The producer never finished the mastering and Client would like the tracks to be returned to her so that she can work with them; or, in the alternative, Client would accept a refund of the amounts she paid to the producer.
|19-031||Employment||Music, Performance Art, Other||Pro Bono|| |
Employment: Music. 19-031 NFP classical music group needs legal advice regarding structuring payments to its performers. They also have questions about board governance.
|19-032||Copyright Protection/Licensing||Music||Pro Bono|| |
Copyright: Music. 19-032 NFP Jazz group is planning to offer a podcast and needs legal advice regarding music licensing. Client needs help understanding what licenses he needs for playing recorded music on the podcast, playing live music on the podcast and offering the podcast for download.
|19-071||Business Startup/Corporate, Copyright Protection/Licensing, Trademark Protection||Visual Art||Pro Bono|| |
Start-up: Visual Art. Visual artist needs help with copyright registration for designs that she plans to print on T-shirts.
|19-113||Copyright Infringement, Copyright Protection/Licensing, Trademark Infringement, Trademark Protection||Literature, Visual Art||Pro Bono|| |
Defamation and Content Clearance. 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 defamation.
|19-127||Business Startup/Corporate, Contracts, Other||Film/TV||Pro Bono|| |
Start-up: Film. Filmmaker needs help with business structure and two contracts, one for cast members and one for crew.
|19-129||Contracts||Visual Art||Pro Bono|| |
Contract for Services:Painting. Painter was hired by a marketing group to paint images of high profile personalities on memorabilia. Client needs help evaluating his liability exposure. He also needs help memorializing the terms of his agreement with the marketing group.
|19-141||Copyright Protection/Licensing, Other||Visual Art||Pro Bono|| |
Copyright: Visual Arts. 19-031 Visual artist needs help evaluating whether his works qualify for protection under VARA.
|19-156||Other||Visual Art||Pro Bono|| |
Dispute. 19-156 Client shipped her artwork from Chicago to New York using one of the major shippers and her artwork was destroyed in transit. Client purchased insurance but shipper is claiming an exclusion. Client needs help evaluating her options and pursuing recovery.
|19-162||Copyright Infringement||Film/TV, Music, Performance Art, Theater||Pro Bono|| |
Copyright Infringement: Film. Music video producer needs help evaluating a claim for copyright infringement and sending a cease and desist letter.
|19-165||NFP Advice||Visual Art||Pro Bono|| |
NFP: Visual Arts. NFP needs legal advice regarding acting as a fiscal sponsor for a sculptor who is working on a commemorative sculpture.
|19-173||NFP Advice||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.
|19-175||Commercial Litigation/ADR/Other Claims||Dance||Pro Bono|| |
Dispute: Dance. Independent contractor needs help recovering past due payments for services rendered.
|19-187||Copyright Infringement, Copyright Protection/Licensing||Film/TV, Performance Art, Theater||Pro Bono|| |
Fair Use or Public Domain. 19-187 Client has developed an adult version of a well known child character. Client performs the character in small venues. Client needs help evaluating the risk of making her performances public.
|19-195||Trademark Infringement, Trademark Protection||Music, Performance Art, Visual Art||Pro Bono|| |
Dispute: Trademark. Rap artist needs help evaluating whether part of his costume can be protected by trademark.
|19-196||Patent Protection, Trademark Protection||Other||Pro Bono|| |
IP Protection. Client is developing an arts related software application and needs help securing the appropriate type of IP protection.
|19-197||Personal Injury and Other Tort||Visual Art||Paying|| |
SPAIN. Dispute. 19-197 Visual artist needs help recovering sculptural works that are in Madrid, Spain. They 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||Employment, NFP Advice||Film/TV||Pro Bono|| |
Employment. NFP film group needs legal advice regarding their upcoming transition from an all-volunteer organization to one with paid staff.
|19-216||Contracts||Music||Pro Bono|| |
Licensing: Music. NFP that supports people with a rare voice disorder is planning to release an album consisting of songs performed by one of its members before he developed the disorder. Client needs help with licensing agreements.
|19-217||Business Startup/Corporate||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.
|19-220||NFP Advice||Dance, Literature, Music, Performance Art, Theater, Visual Art, Other||Pro Bono|| |
NFP. 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.
|19-231||Copyright Protection/Licensing||Visual Art||Pro Bono|| |
Contract Drafting: Visual Art. NFP arts organization that coordinates the placement of visual art in public spaces needs a standard contract for the artists commissioned to create the works.
|19-233||Copyright Infringement||Other||Contingent Fee|| |
Dispute: Copyright. Mystery author needs help preventing an internet website from pirating her work.
|19-244||Copyright Infringement||Visual Art||Pro Bono|| |
Dispute: Copyright Infringement.Visual artist's original work is being pirated and sold through online retailers in the US and abroad. Client needs counsel to draft a cease and desist letter to send to the retailers.
|19-246||Copyright Protection/Licensing, Rights of Privacy and Publicity||Visual Art||Pro Bono|| |
Right of Publicity. Visual Art. 19-246 Painter needs help understanding the publicity rights of the celebrities who are featured in her work.
|19-257||Copyright Protection/Licensing, Trademark Protection||Film/TV, Literature||Pro Bono|| |
Trademark and Copyright Registration. 19-257 Young journalist needs legal advice regarding an application for trademark and copyright protection that she attempted to do through an online platform.
|19-262b||Copyright Protection/Licensing||Film/TV, Performance Art, Visual Art||Pro Bono|| |
Licensing: Television. 19-262b Creators of a show for kids need a licensing agreement with a local NFP that will air the show on its website.
|19-267||Copyright Protection/Licensing, Trademark Protection||Literature||Pro Bono|| |
Content Clearance: 19-267 Publishing. Co-authors (who are also brothers) of a science fiction manuscript need help evaluating the risk of publishing a futuristic novel that satirizes current politicians.
|19-271||Copyright Protection/Licensing||Music, Visual Art||Pro Bono|| |
Music Clearance. 19-271 Client wrote and produced a short docu-drama and needs help evaluating whether he needs permission to use a cover version of an old hit song in his film.
|19-272||Real Estate/Landlord-Tenant||Theater||Pro Bono|| |
Dispute: Landlord Tenant. 19-272 Artistic Director of a NFP theatre group signed as an indiviual on a lease for the NFP that runs through 2021. Artistic Director plans to resign and the theatre group will take over the lease payments. The Artistic Director would like to be released from the lease but the landlord has refused to cooperate. Client needs help resolving this dispute.
|19-275||Contracts, Employment||Dance||Pro Bono|| |
Employment: Dance. 19-275 NFP dance group needs help determining whether their dancers are exempt and what they need to do to comply with current employment laws.
|19-293||Patent Protection, Trademark Protection||Visual Art||Pro Bono|| |
Patent. 19-293 Client needs help with evaluating whether her decorative art is patentable.