Case #Legal CategoryArts CategoryClient TypeDescription
18-585OtherVisual ArtPro Bono

Contract: Scholarship. 18-585 NFP educational group needs help setting up a scholarship program for art students.

18-708Commercial Litigation/ADR/Other ClaimsMusicPro 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.

19-031EmploymentMusic, Performance Art, OtherPro 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.

19-032Copyright Protection/LicensingMusicPro 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.

19-071Business Startup/Corporate, Copyright Protection/Licensing, Trademark ProtectionVisual ArtPro Bono

Start-up: Visual Art. Visual artist needs help with copyright registration for designs that she plans to print on T-shirts.

19-113Copyright Infringement, Copyright Protection/Licensing, Trademark Infringement, Trademark ProtectionLiterature, Visual ArtPro 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.

19-127Business Startup/Corporate, Contracts, OtherFilm/TVPro Bono

Start-up: Film. Filmmaker needs help with business structure and two contracts, one for cast members and one for crew.

19-129ContractsVisual ArtPro 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.

19-141Copyright Protection/Licensing, OtherVisual ArtPro Bono

Copyright: Visual Arts. 19-031 Visual artist needs help evaluating whether his works qualify for protection under VARA.

19-156OtherVisual ArtPro 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.

19-162Copyright InfringementFilm/TV, Music, Performance Art, TheaterPro Bono

Copyright Infringement: Film. Music video producer needs help evaluating a claim for copyright infringement and sending a cease and desist letter.

19-165NFP AdviceVisual ArtPro Bono

NFP: Visual Arts. NFP needs legal advice regarding acting as a fiscal sponsor for a sculptor who is working on a commemorative sculpture.

19-173NFP AdviceVisual ArtPro 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.

19-175Commercial Litigation/ADR/Other ClaimsDancePro Bono

Dispute: Dance. Independent contractor needs help recovering past due payments for services rendered.

19-187Copyright Infringement, Copyright Protection/LicensingFilm/TV, Performance Art, TheaterPro 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.

19-195Trademark Infringement, Trademark ProtectionMusic, Performance Art, Visual ArtPro Bono

Dispute: Trademark. Rap artist needs help evaluating whether part of his costume can be protected by trademark.

19-196Patent Protection, Trademark ProtectionOtherPro Bono

IP Protection. Client is developing an arts related software application and needs help securing the appropriate type of IP protection.

19-197Personal Injury and Other TortVisual ArtPaying

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.

19-213Employment, NFP AdviceFilm/TVPro Bono

Employment. NFP film group needs legal advice regarding their upcoming transition from an all-volunteer organization to one with paid staff.

19-216ContractsMusicPro 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.

19-217Business Startup/CorporateVisual Art, OtherPro 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.

19-220NFP AdviceDance, Literature, Music, Performance Art, Theater, Visual Art, OtherPro 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.

19-231Copyright Protection/LicensingVisual ArtPro 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.

19-233Copyright InfringementOtherContingent Fee

Dispute: Copyright. Mystery author needs help preventing an internet website from pirating her work.

19-244Copyright InfringementVisual ArtPro 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.

19-246Copyright Protection/Licensing, Rights of Privacy and PublicityVisual ArtPro Bono

Right of Publicity. Visual Art. 19-246 Painter needs help understanding the publicity rights of the celebrities who are featured in her work.

19-257Copyright Protection/Licensing, Trademark ProtectionFilm/TV, LiteraturePro 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.

19-262bCopyright Protection/LicensingFilm/TV, Performance Art, Visual ArtPro 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.

19-267Copyright Protection/Licensing, Trademark ProtectionLiteraturePro 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.

19-271Copyright Protection/LicensingMusic, Visual ArtPro 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.

19-272Real Estate/Landlord-TenantTheaterPro 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.

19-275Contracts, EmploymentDancePro 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.

19-293Patent Protection, Trademark ProtectionVisual ArtPro Bono

Patent. 19-293 Client needs help with evaluating whether her decorative art is patentable.