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

20-846 Minority author is concerned about a nursing home attacking 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.

20-1021ContractsFilm/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.

Representing the LCA Filmmaker: Overview of Film Law Topics
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.

21-0010Business Startup/Corporate, ContractsVisual ArtPro Bono

21-0010 Client creates built out spaces and needs start-up advice, help with business structure and one Customer Contract.

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.

21-0070DisputesMusicPro Bono

21-0070 Client is a sculptor and a person with disabilities. Client's brother was a successful recording artist who passed away in 2003. Client, with the assistance of his guardian, collected funds from the deceased brother's record label and needs help determining how to properly handle the funds.

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.

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 and 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.

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.

21-0165Not for Profit AdviceFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0165 NFP film group that has been in existence for more than a decade needs help amending their bylaws to reflect that current needs of the organization. LCA has a list of Client concerns.

21-0184DisputesFilm/TVPro Bono

21-1084 Minority film producer needs help enforcing her right to an accounting under a written agreement that she has with a local distributor.

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.

21-0198Copyright Protection/LicensingFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0198 Producer of a reality show, 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
21-0204ContractsFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0204 Minority film producer, working on a film about several women of color planning a heist, needs two contracts, one for the production managers and one for cast and crew.

Representing the LCA Filmmaker: Overview of Film Law Topics
21-0215DisputesFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0215 Client together with a collaborator created a treatment for a screenplay. The treatment was submitted to the Copyright Office, but the registration has not been issued yet. The parties had a falling out and Client needs help evaluating the scope of her rights in the treatment.

21-0254ContractsFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0254 Minority producer has a broadcast agreement to air a faith based, drama series and needs an Actor Agreement for actors she plans to hire.

Representing the LCA Filmmaker: Actor Agreements
21-0282Contracts, Other, EstatesMusicPro Bono

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

21-0398Copyright Protection/LicensingFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0141 and 21-398 Documentary filmmaker who is creating an experimental documentary needs help determining the scope of his right to use Google Earth images in his film.

21-0435Not for Profit AdviceDance, MusicPro Bono

21-0435 NFP arts organization needs help amending the provisions of their bylaws related to the board members. One of the goals is to create different levels of board membership.

21-0459ContractsVisual ArtPro Bono

21-0459 Client 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 freelance photographers that includes IP and confidentiality provisions.