Case #Legal CategoryArts CategoryClient TypeDescriptionTraining MaterialsLaw Library
20-1021Contracts, Trademark Protection, Copyright Protection/LicensingFilm/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.

20-991ContractsFilm/TVPro Bono

20-991 Client is in final production on her film and needs counsel to draft a music license for the artists whose music is used in the film.

Overview of Film Law Topics
20-1051Copyright Protection/LicensingLiterature, MusicUndetermined

20-1051 Client, a poet, 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.

20-977Business Startup/Corporate, Contracts, Copyright Protection/LicensingFilm/TV, Visual ArtPro Bono

20-977 Client is a photographer and videographer and needs a customer agreement with licensing terms.

20-1014ContractsFilm/TVPro Bono

20-1014 Filmmaker who produced two feature length LGBT dramas needs counsel to review a distribution agreement.

20-852ContractsFashionPro Bono

20-852 Wardrobe consultant and photographer is considering hiring an agent and needs counsel to review the agent agreement and associated documents.

20-869ContractsLiteraturePro Bono

20-869 Part-time English instructor and author of a book on writing needs counsel to review a publishing agreement and represent her to the publishers.

Representing the LCA Writer: Common Contracts
20-1036Business Startup/Corporate, Contracts, Copyright Protection/LicensingVisual ArtPro Bono

20-1036 Visual artist needs counsel to review and evaluate her Commission Agreement.

20-963ContractsMusicPro Bono

20-963 Singer-songwriter working with a producer recorded a song over a producer's beat. A Swedish record label has offered Client a contract for her contribution to the song and Client needs counsel to review the Agreement.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Agreements with Third Parties
20-1002Not for Profit AdviceFilm/TVPro Bono

20-1002 Graduate student in film-making needs counsel to explain the terms of a fiscal sponsorship agreement before she signs the agreement.

20-905ContractsMusicPro Bono

20-905 Hip hop artist needs counsel to review a Music License Agreement and a Songwriter Split Sheet for two of his songs that were selected to be included on a compilation album.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Rights in Musical Compositions
20-940Business Startup/Corporate, ContractsMusicPro Bono

20-940 Experimental musician/rapper needs counsel to review a Music License Agreement and a Split Sheet.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Rights in Musical Compositions
20-948ContractsMusicPro Bono

20-948 Indie rock band with a strong jazz influence needs counsel to review a Music License/Record Label Agreement.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Recording Agreements
20-887ContractsMusicPro Bono

20-887 Father of a 16-year-old Rap artist needs counsel to review a Management Agreement that he received for his son.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Agreements with Third Parties
20-990ContractsMusicPro Bono

20-990 Adjunct college professor and talented piano composer needs counsel to review and evaluate a very very short contract from a record label to provide digital distribution for two of his recordings.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Recording Agreements
20-884ContractsFilm/TVPro Bono

20-837 Client is a television producer who needs counsel to review two agreements, a Co-Producer Agreement and a Talent Option Agreement.

Representing the LCA Filmmaker: Overview
20-856Contracts, Other, Not for Profit Advice, Copyright Protection/LicensingFilm/TVPro Bono

20-856 NFP producing a documentary film needs assistance with copyright registration, content clearance for E&O insurance, assistance with acquiring the insurance and release agreements for co-writers.

Representing the LCA Filmmaker: Overview
20-728Copyright Protection/LicensingMusicPro Bono

20-728 Client created a racial justice music video mashup and needs help evaluating whether she can rely on fair use for the use of the musical composition.

Copyright Principles in the Arts: Application and Analysis of Fair Use
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.

20-784ContractsFilm/TVContingent Fee (PB Eligible)

20-390 Screenwriter needs help collecting amounts due for services rendered. Client has pro bono CA counsel who would be happy to discuss the matter and provide relevant documents.

20-959Disputes, Commercial LitigationMusicPro Bono

20-959 Three manager members of a formerly prominent Chicago music venue need help evaluating their rights with regard to a dispute with the other member. This request is for an evaluation and recommendations.

20-961Employment, Other, Copyright Protection/LicensingLiterature, 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.

20-1040Contracts, Other, Trademark ProtectionDance, Performance ArtPro Bono

20-1040 Client formed an LLC along with a partner. The LLC uses dance to promote mental and physical health. The other member of the LLC removed Client from the organization when she filed the 2020 Annual Report. Client needs help addressing this situation. The LLC has assets.

20-505Copyright InfringementFilm/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.

20-1007Copyright InfringementLiteraturePro Bono

20-1007 Client needs help evaluating whether she has a claim for copyright infringement based on the unauthorized sale of her book.

20-789Rights of Privacy and Publicity, Disputes, Copyright Protection/LicensingMusicPro 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.

20-896Copyright InfringementOtherPro 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.

20-988OtherVisual ArtPro Bono

20-988 Visual artist was forced to stop work on a high profile mural. The curator has refused to remove Client's portion of the painting and is publicizing the work without recognizing Client's contribution. Client needs help evaluating his rights and resolving the matter.

Representing the LCA Visual Artist: VARA
20-945Other, DisputesFilm/TVContingent Fee (PB Eligible)

20-945 Filmmaker was falsely accused on social media of having committed sexual assault. Client needs help evaluating his options and enforcing his rights.

20-919DisputesTheaterContingent Fee (PB Eligible)

20-919 Improvisational performer has been the target of a social media campaign to damage his reputation. Client needs help evaluating his options and enforcing his rights.

20-901DisputesDance, MusicPro Bono

20-901 Client paid for home repair but contractor failed to complete the work. Client needs help recovering amounts paid.

20-892DisputesMusicPro Bono

20-892 Rap artist needs help recovering copies of two of her recording sessions from the studio where the sessions were done.

20-481Employment, DisputesDance, Music, Other, Performance ArtPro Bono

20-481 Music educator has questions about a pay dispute with a private school.

20-1019Other, DisputesVisual ArtUndetermined

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.

20-943Not for Profit AdviceVisual 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.

20-846OtherLiterature, 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.

20-520OtherFilm/TV, Music, Visual ArtPro Bono

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

20-753Visa and ImmigrationMusicPro Bono

20-753 Pianist is a non-US citizen currently in the US on an expiring visa. Client needs counsel to review his Eb1 Visa application form.

20-783Visa and ImmigrationVisual ArtPro Bono

20-783 Sculptor needs counsel to assist her in obtaining a O1B Visa.

20-397Copyright Protection/LicensingMusicPro Bono

20-397 NFP choir group conducting live-streamed sing-alongs for dementia patients seeks counsel to help identify the rights needed for this activity.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Rights in Musical Compositions
20-1026Contracts, Not for Profit AdviceFilm/TV, TheaterUndetermined

20-1026 Theater group is planning to create digital content to use in connection with a fund-raising campaign and needs legal advice regarding music licensing.

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
20-769Business Startup/CorporatePro Bono

20-769 Group of artists 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
20-1060Contracts, Not for Profit AdviceDance, Music, Performance ArtPro Bono

20-1060 NFP Music school that is planning to purchase property to house the school needs help reviewing and evaluating the terms of the proposed agreement.

20-981Business Startup/Corporate, Contracts, 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
20-1059Business 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.

20-1035Business Startup/CorporateFilm/TV, Performance Art, TheaterPro Bono

20-1035 Client has been training actors for ten years and would like to formalize her business structure. Client needs legal advice regarding business structure and assistance with registration.

20-1010Business Startup/Corporate, Trademark ProtectionOther, 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.

20-1027Business Startup/CorporateFilm/TVPro Bono

20-1027 Two film students set up a corporation to do commercial film production and need help drafting bylaws for their organization.

20-1054Business Startup/Corporate, ContractsFilm/TVPro Bono

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

20-1033Business Startup/CorporateVisual ArtPro Bono

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

20-586Contracts, Trademark 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
20-848Trademark ProtectionFilm/TVPro Bono

20-848 Student producer of a live action adventure film embedded in a comedy series needs help with trademark registration for two trademarks.

Overview of Trademark Issues in the Arts
20-809Trademark ProtectionMusicPro Bono

20-809 Hip hop artist needs help with trademark registration for his stage name.

Overview of Trademark Issues in the Arts
20-1016Business Startup/Corporate, Trademark ProtectionLiteraturePro Bono

20-1016 Author of a children's book needs help registering a trademark for the series title and the image of the main character of the book. She plans to produce and sell merchandise with the name and image of the character.