Case #Legal CategoryArts CategoryClient TypeDescriptionTraining MaterialsLaw Library
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
21-0857Other, DisputesFilm/TV, MusicContingent Fee (PB Eligible)

21-0857 Co-author of a successful house music song needs help evaluating her right to royalties. In addition, if recommended, she will need assistance with recovery though litigation. The song was originally published in the late 1980's and is still being sampled, remixed, and used in various mediums including television and video games. Prior LCA counsel has exhausted options short of litigation. Discovery may reveal that the Client has a claim for fraud.

21-0870Not for Profit AdviceFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0870 Illinois NFP needs help evaluating whether they are permitted or need special licensing to use a Facebook spinning wheel game to facilitate fundraising.

21-0873Contracts, Copyright Protection/LicensingLiteraturePro Bono

21-0873 Minority author of a poem needs help with copyright registration. Excerpts of the poem were included in a song by a local rap artist and the song has been included in a television series that is available on one of the streaming services.

Copyright Principles in the Arts: Overview of Copyright Issues in the Arts
21-0911EmploymentMusicPro Bono

21-0911 Employee of a performance art group has refused the vaccine for medical reasons. Employer is requiring vaccinations for all employees returning to work. Client needs help evaluating her options.

21-0973Patent Protection, Copyright Protection/LicensingFashionPro Bono

21-0973 Minority small business owner who produces unique fabrics that are then used to create her own fashion designs requires assistance in determining whether her designs can be protected under copyright.

21-1044Trademark Protection, Copyright Protection/LicensingMusicPro Bono

21-1044 Minority hip hop artist is preparing to release an album. He needs intellectual property advice and counsel to review four beat licenses and a split sheet to determine whether he has the rights necessary to release the album.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Rights in Musical Compositions
21-1048Disputes, Copyright Protection/LicensingMusicPro Bono

21-1048 Songwriter and recording artist entered into agreements with an artist and a producer via email and has not been paid for services rendered. Songwriter needs counsel to evaluate and enforce her right to payment.

21-1075Copyright InfringementFilm/TV, MusicPro Bono

21-1075 Composer provided music to a filmmaker for use as a temp track for a film - no specific license was ever granted. Composer recently discovered that the film was released commercially with the temp tracks. Composer needs counsel to evaluate a claim for copyright infringement.

21-1077Visa and ImmigrationDancePro Bono

21-1077 Dancer's artist visa expired in August 2020. He filed his green card application in July and recently filed a request to expedite the process. He will be unable to be paid for his work until the process is completed and requires advice on his options for moving the process forward.

21-1158Other, Rights of Privacy and Publicity, Personal Injury/Damage to PropertyFilm/TVPro Bono

21-1158 Filmmaker needs help evaluating her potential liability for distributing an autobiographical documentary that addresses past sexual abuse and that contains potentially identifying information of her abusers.

21-1163Contracts, DisputesMusicPro Bono

21-1163 Producer signed an exclusive agreement with a record label, but would like to terminate the agreement and be released from his obligations. Producer needs counsel to assist with termination of the agreement and collect all fees he has already earned under the agreement.

21-1177DisputesVisual ArtPro Bono

21-1177 Artist was hired to paint a mural for a bedroom and client now refuses to pay. Artist needs counsel to evaluate and enforce his right to payment.

21-1190DisputesDance, Performance ArtPro Bono

21-1190 Figure-skating choreographer and trainer needs immediate representation to prepare a Petition for Leave to Appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court from an adverse judgment of the Illinois Human Rights Commission of a claim of sexual harassment/hostile work environment.

21-1212ContractsOther, Visual ArtPro Bono

21-1212 Author is working with a hybrid publishing company (mix of traditional and self-publishing) and needs counsel to review the publishing contract.

21-1235Visa and ImmigrationDancePro Bono

21-1235 Well-established Irish dance company has cast an international dancer in their professional ensemble for an upcoming tour. Dancer is currently able to visit the U.S. on a tourist visa, but the dancer and the dance company need counsel to help them determine the most appropriate visa for the upcoming tour, and to assist in the acquisition of that visa.

21-1250Disputes, Commercial LitigationVisual ArtPro Bono

21-1250 Designer was hired to create a 3D mapped projection installation for a Chicago nightclub. Designer completed the work and his client now refuses to pay. Artist needs counsel to evaluate and enforce his right to payment.

21-1263Contracts, DisputesOther, Visual ArtPaying

21-1263 Lighting designer contracted with a local private high school to provide services, and school refuses to pay the remaining balance. Designer needs counsel to evaluate the claim. If recommended, they will need assistance with recovery though litigation.

21-1272Not for Profit AdviceTheaterPro Bono

21-1272 NFP wants to raise funds to offer scholarships for students to enroll in classes run by for-profit improv theaters owned by board members of the NFP. NFP needs counsel to advise on whether this is an appropriate use of tax-exempt donations and the avoidance of potential conflicts of interest.

21-1274Copyright Infringement, Trademark ProtectionOther, Visual ArtPro Bono

21-1274 Visual artist needs start-up advice regarding choice of entity, help with trademark registration for his name and logo, and help with copyright registration for ten pieces of artwork.

21-1282Copyright Infringement, DisputesOtherPro Bono

21-1282 Mexico-based graphic designer is being sued for trademark infringement in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. It appears that both parties are interested in settlement. Designer needs counsel to help negotiate a settlement.

Trademark Principles in the Arts: Overview of Trademark Issues in the Arts
21-1299Trademark Protection, Copyright Protection/LicensingVisual ArtPro Bono

21-1299 Graphic designer needs help responding to a USPTO Office Action based on likelihood of confusion. Response is due January 23, 2022.

Trademark Principles in the Arts: Overview of Trademark Issues in the Arts
21-1310Trademark Infringement, Trademark ProtectionMusic, OtherPro Bono

21-1310 Indie band registered their trademark in the band name several years ago. Another band has been using the mark on social media and streaming platforms. Band needs help evaluating any claim they may have for trademark infringement.

Trademark Principles in the Arts: Overview of Trademark Issues in the Arts
21-1326Contracts, Copyright Protection/LicensingFilm/TV, OtherPro Bono

21-1326 Nonprofit thinktank focused on human rights issues is developing a documentary based on a book. They need counsel to review the option agreement offered by the publisher and advise on their rights and obligations under the contract.

21-1330OtherVisual ArtPaying

21-1330 Graphic designer and visual artist was hired to manage/design real estate company's social media presence. Company paid invoices for the first seven months of work, but has failed to respond to invoices covering the last three months of work. Client needs help recovering amounts owed.

21-1331DisputesVisual ArtPro Bono

21-1331 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 a work that was sold, and to recover all unsold works still in the possession of the gallery.

21-1335Contracts, Copyright Protection/LicensingFilm/TV, TheaterPaying

21-1335 Theatre company committed to sharing and celebrating the riches of Latinx culture with Chicago audiences is planning to produce a musical this spring. The company has a draft licensing agreement with the playwright, but needs counsel to review the contract and address any deficiencies.

22-0001Landlord-TenantVisual ArtPro Bono

22-0001 Visual artist has had a commercial lease on studio space for several years. Prior to the pandemic, he fell behind on rent. The lease eventually expired, but artist continued occupying the space and making attempts to pay off the amounts owed. Now, the landlord has served the artist with eviction paperwork, and the artist needs counsel to evaluate his case and advise as to his options.

22-0006ContractsFilm/TV, MusicPaying

22-0006 Filmmaker co-produced a music video with another entity under an agreement stating that the two entities would be joint authors of the final product. Filmmaker needs counsel to draft an agreement assigning all rights in the characters featured in the music video to his company.

22-0009Contracts, Trademark ProtectionLiterature, OtherPaying

22-0009 Writer has been producing a column for an online magazine for several years with no formal agreement. Writer wishes to begin pitching the column to other publications and needs a standard license agreement that she can use for the current publication as well as future publications.

22-0066Trademark ProtectionMusicPaying

22-0066 Folk singer-songwriter needs help with trademark protection for their band name.

Trademark Principles in the Arts: Overview of Trademark Issues in the Arts
22-0067Contracts, EmploymentMusicPro Bono

22-0067 Chamber music NFP dedicated to uplifting and empowering society through the power of Black composers is planning to hire an independent contractor to fulfil project manager / executive assistant duties. NFP has a term sheet prepared, but needs counsel to draft the agreement.