Case #Legal CategoryArts CategoryClient TypeDescriptionTraining MaterialsLaw Library
22-0029Contracts, Rights of Privacy and Publicity, Copyright Protection/LicensingFilm/TV, Visual ArtPro Bono

22-0029 Filmmaker is participating in a public arts program during which he will display a film on the facade of a building in the Chicago Loop. The film will feature footage of parades that he shot, archival footage owned by others, and commissioned marching band music that will be recorded and remixed. Filmmaker needs counsel to advise on clearance of copyright and any necessary rights of publicity.

22-0472ContractsMusic, Performance ArtPro Bono

22-0472 Musician client creates and licenses beats and records verses for other artists' recordings. Musician needs a beat license for her customers, and a feature agreement for artists that hire her to perform on their recordings.

22-0394Business Startup/Corporate, ContractsMusic, Performance ArtPro Bono

22-0394 Filmmaker is devising an experimental film focused on music, movement, and meditation and needs counsel to draft an agreement memorializing the rights and responsibilities of his collaborators.

22-0391Business Startup/Corporate, Contracts, Not for Profit AdvicePerformance ArtPro Bono

22-0391 Client is organizing a reenactment of a historical journey and needs counsel to draft agreements for the participants.

22-0219Business Startup/CorporateLiteraturePro Bono

22-0219 Author of children's books is planning to enter into a business partnership with another individual. Author will handle the artistic side of things, while the potential partner would work to develop technology and merchandise associated with the books. Author needs counsel to draft an agreement memorializing the arrangement.

22-0400ContractsMusicPro Bono

22-0400 Client is producing a get-out-the-vote video that will feature local ministers and community figures. Client needs counsel to draft a standard agreement to memorialize her arrangement with the community figures, as well as a work for hire agreement for the artists creating the sound recording to be used in the video.

22-0383ContractsMusicPro Bono

22-0383 Songwriter has written and registered copyright in a musical composition. She is planning to hire a producer to assist with the recording process and needs counsel to draft a Producer Agreement.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Recording Agreements
22-0109ContractsFilm/TV, MusicPro Bono

22-0109 Indie recording studio provides recording, songwriting, mixing, mastering, music production, and music engineering services. Upon delivery of the work product, they would like to record video of client reactions, and need counsel to draft a video release to ensure that they have the rights necessary to use these reaction videos in marketing and promotion.

22-0387Business Startup/Corporate, ContractsFilm/TVPro Bono

22-0387 Filmmaker entered into an option agreement and a short-form assignment agreement with a screenwriter for the screenplay for a film the filmmaker is producing. She has not yet paid the full amount stated in the option agreement, and she needs counsel to review the agreements and help her understand the status of her rights in the screenplay.

Representing the LCA Filmmaker: Overview of Film Law Topics
22-0045ContractsFilm/TVPro Bono

22-0045 Filmmaker has been engaged to perform producing duties by the writer and director of a film. Filmmaker needs counsel to review the agreement.

Representing the LCA Filmmaker: Overview of Film Law Topics
22-0208ContractsMusicPro Bono

22-0208 Pianist and composer has been offered a recording contract by a Canadian record label. He needs counsel to review the agreement before signing.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Recording Agreements
22-0339ContractsMusicPro Bono

22-0339 Rapper and vocalist has been offered a recording contract by a local record label. She needs counsel to review the agreement before signing.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Recording Agreements
22-0206Copyright InfringementMusicPro Bono

22-0206 Singer-songwriter performed, distributed, and registered copyright in an original pop song in 2017. This year, another artist released a chart-topping song with similar thematic, lyrical, and melodic components. Singer-songwriter needs counsel to help evaluate any potential claim for copyright infringement.

Copyright Principles in the Arts: Copyright Litigation
21-1337Other, Copyright Protection/LicensingLiterature, OtherPro Bono

21-0747 Translator needs counsel to assist with copyright registration for two licensed translations of pre-existing works.

22-0461DisputesMusic, Visual ArtPaying

22-0461 Author published a book with a literary publisher in 2012. A second edition was released in 2019, and the author doesn't believe they are being paid appropriately. Client needs help securing a royalty statement and determining if the publisher is withholding royalty payments.

22-0427DisputesDancePro Bono

22-0427 Nonprofit dance company hired a consultant to assist with fundraising efforts. The dance company paid the consultants fee in one lump sum payment, but the consultant never performed the agreed upon services. Dance company needs counsel to help evaluate their claim, and to recover the amounts paid.

22-0362DisputesLiterature, Visual ArtPro Bono

22-0362 Client is a visual artist and author. She has taken classes from a local writing school for many years. In the most recent session, she submitted a late payment, and the school expelled her. Client is seeking the return of the submitted payment.

22-0431Contracts, DisputesLiteraturePro Bono

22-0431 Author is writing a novel that was supposed to be loosely based on the life and persona of a South American model. The Author contracted with the model for the use of his persona and likeness, as well as completing interviews with the author. Model has failed to complete the interviews required by the contract. Author needs counsel to evaluate her rights under the agreement and help her terminate the agreement and recover the amounts paid.

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.

22-0215Copyright InfringementMusicPro Bono

22-0215 Client is a rapper who tells stories about the realities of living in Chicago. Client released a song and related music video in 2012. Several times throughout the last few years, another performer has posted music and videos online of a new song that uses the client's lyrics. Client needs counsel to help evaluate a claim for copyright infringement.

22-0474Copyright InfringementMusicPro Bono

22-0474 Client is a songwriter and musician who separated from his band in 2019. Client wrote and registered copyright in 6 musical compositions that were performed by the band. The lead singer subsequently registered copyright in the same songs under different titles. Client wishes to challenge the lead singer's copyright registration and needs counsel to help evaluate a claim for copyright infringement.

21-1342Copyright InfringementVisual ArtPro Bono

21-1342 Photographer worked with a religious nonprofit organization for several years, taking photographs, producing calendars from those photographs, etc. There was never a contract between photographer and the nonprofit, and the photographs were not work for hire. Photographer's relationship with the nonprofit has since deteriorated, but they still have access to her photographs and continue to create unlicensed derivative works from her work. Photographer needs counsel to ensure she is properly compensated for the continued use of her photographs.

22-0483Copyright Infringement, Copyright Protection/LicensingVisual ArtPro Bono

22-0483 Photographer created an image that was later published in an online publication. A local social club pulled the image from the online publication without permission and used it as part of their marketing materials for an event. Photographer needs counsel to evaluate her claim for copyright infringement.

22-0196Other, DisputesMusicPaying

22-0196 DJ hired a UK-based PR firm to promote her music. PR firm has failed to meet deliverables and DJ terminated the contract. PR firm then took down articles DJ previously paid for and published allegedly defamatory statements about the DJ. DJ needs counsel to issue a demand letter requesting the PR firm to rescind allegedly defamatory statements and re-publish agreed upon articles. If PR firm refuses, DJ needs counsel to evaluate a claim for defamation.

22-0156OtherFilm/TVPro Bono

22-0156 Filmmaker client is a member of a film production LLC that was created to produce a film project about football. Client spent a great deal of his own money on the project and believes that he has not been properly compensated per the operating agreement, and wishes to dissolve the LLC and be made whole. Client needs counsel to review the relevant documents and evaluate his rights, and if appropriate, assist with his exit from, or the dissolution of, the LLC.

22-0330Employment, OtherVisual ArtPro Bono

22-0330 Visual artist was recently fired from a teaching position with a local art school. He believes he has a claim for race-based employment discrimination and needs counsel to evaluate his claim.

22-0467Employment, Not for Profit AdviceVisual ArtPro Bono

22-0467 Nonprofit that provides social and emotional learning programming for schools was recently informed by the IDES that they are now required to contribute to the unemployment fund. Nonprofit filed an appeal and needs counsel to evaluate their current status and obligations, and provide advice going forward.

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.

21-1330OtherVisual 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.

22-0073Contracts, DisputesVisual ArtPro Bono

22-0073 Graphic designer was hired to perform digital graphic design and web development services for a wellness company. Company agreed to a rate increase, but after client submitted the first invoice using the new rate, the company refused to pay. Client needs help recovering amounts owed.

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.

22-0164Landlord-TenantMusicPro Bono

22-0164 NFP Music School's space experienced an HVAC malfunction. NFP notified management company, which arranged for repairs without discussing with NFP, but are now demanding that NFP cover the cost of repairs. NFP needs counsel to evaluate their rights to dispute the invoice for the repairs.

22-0098OtherLiteraturePro Bono

22-0098 Client is a renown comic book artist and author. Her publisher has classified her as an employee, and as a result, there is some confusion as to her filing status with the IRS. Client has not paid taxes in several years. Client needs counsel to evaluate her rights and liabilities.

22-0346EstatesLiterature, Visual ArtPro Bono

22-0346 Prolific author and painter focused on African-American Spirituality needs assistance with estate and legacy planning for her body of work.

21-1168Visa and Immigration, Not for Profit AdviceDancePro Bono

21-1168 Established Chicago dance company is starting a year long training program and has received inquiries of participation from international students. Company wants to accept these students and believes they need to obtain status as an SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) approved school. Company needs counsel to advise and assist them in this process.

22-0332Not for Profit AdviceDancePro Bono

22-0332 40-year old NFP dance company emphasizing Mexican folkdance needs counsel to review NFP governance documents in advance of a transfer of leadership.

22-0298OtherMusicPro Bono

22-0298 NFP music ensemble is planning to wind down and dissolve the entity and needs advice on the dissolution process and options for distribution of the entity's assets.

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.