Case #Legal CategoryArts CategoryClient TypeDescriptionTraining MaterialsLaw Library
20-586Contracts, Trademark ProtectionFilm/TVPro Bono

20-586 Film-maker is in the process of producing a screen-play and needs help with trademark registration. Client also needs a work for hire agreement for her cast and crew.

20-593Business Startup/Corporate, Contracts, Employment, Trademark Protection, Copyright Protection/LicensingMusic, Performance Art, Film/T.V.Pro Bono

20-593 Client plans to launch a YouTube channel, in the nature of a talk show, that includes artist interviews and performances. Client needs two contracts, one for staff who will be working on the show and one for the artists who will be interviewed.

20-552ContractsVisual ArtPro Bono

20-552 Client is a wedding photographer who needs counsel to review her standard client contract and update various provisions to address issues raised by COVID-19.

20-589Copyright Protection/LicensingDance, Film/TV, MusicPro Bono

20-589 Film-maker who is creating a short film about dance needs help securing license rights to the music she uses in the film.

20-537Copyright Protection/LicensingLiterature, Theater, VisualPro Bono

20-537 Poet and playwright needs help with copyright registration.

Overview of Copyright Issues in the Arts
20-110Copyright Protection/LicensingMusicPro Bono

20-110 Husband and wife members of a band are in the midst of a divorce and need help drafting an agreement that identifies their respective rights in the band's musical compositions and recordings.

20-505Copyright InfringementPhotography, Film/T.V.Pro 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.

20-560Rights of Privacy and Publicity, DisputesFilm/T.V.Pro Bono

20-560 Film-maker needs counsel to evaluate whether he has a claim for damage to reputation based on a headline that was published in a Wisconsin newspaper in 1999; and, if appropriate, to send a cease and desist letter to the publisher.

20-592Landlord-TenantActing/Modeling, Theater, Film/T.V.Pro Bono

20-592 Actor recently sublet a studio (June 22, 2020) and immediately discovered that the space had previously had a bed bug problem, despite lessors promises to the contrary. Client terminated the lease, moved out and needs help recovering amounts paid.

20-525Landlord-TenantVisual ArtPaying

20-525 Teaching artist leased studio space in February with the specific intent to use an outdoor area behind the studio for teaching. Marketing materials and an email from the landlord confirmed that the space would be available for that purpose. Landlord is now refusing to allow Client is use the space for classes. Client needs help addressing this issue with her landlord.

20-611Contracts, Copyright InfringementMusicPro Bono

20-611 Rock and roll musician, who created music in the 80's and 90's, needs help securing a copy of a contract that he signed with a record label in 2002. Client also needs help evaluating his rights and obligations under that agreement.

20-319Other, Landlord-Tenant, Personal Injury/Damage to PropertyMusic, Other, Performance Art, VisualPro Bono

20-319 Professional jazz percussionist resides in a leased residential/studio space. The space was damaged as a result of utility work that was performed just outside his building. Client is in the process of negotiating a settlement between the utility company, the landlord and himself and needs legal assistance.

20-606Contracts, Trademark ProtectionMusicPro Bono

20-606 Singer-songwriter needs help evaluating her rights under a Record Label Agreement. Client would like to terminate the agreement or release new music outside the terms of the agreement.

20-576Trademark Infringement, DisputesFilm/T.V.Pro Bono

20-576 Digital media company that promotes the interests of women in the film industry was threatened with legal action based on the use of their name. The two marks are different and the services are different. Client needs help evaluating the risk of continuing to use their name.

20-520OtherMusic, Visual, Film/T.V.Pro Bono

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

20-495Copyright Protection/LicensingMusicPro Bono

20-495 A Cappella group that uses copyrighted work needs help identifying the music license requirements for fee-based live-streamed or recorded events.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Rights in Musical Compositions
20-397Copyright InfringementMusicPro Bono

20-397 NFP choir group plans to hold live-streamed sing-alongs for dementia patients and needs legal help evaluating what licenses they need before launching the sing-along series.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Rights in Musical Compositions
20-487Other, Not for Profit AdviceArts Education, Dance, Music, Performance Art, TheaterPro Bono

20-487 Client, a NFP arts organization, owns a facility and leases space to a for-profit entity that is owned and run by one of the NFP's board members. Client needs legal help evaluating the steps they need to take to avoid breaching any fiduciary duties.

20-527OtherVisualPro Bono

20-527 Small NFP art center recently received an endowment and has questions about whether they need to set up a separate entity to hold the endowment funds.

20-534Not for Profit AdviceMusic, VisualPaying

20-534 NFP art studio for disabled individuals needs legal advice regarding the restrictions on NFP organizations related to lobbying, specifically related to limits on discussing current political issues.

20-571ContractsOtherPro Bono

20-571 Commercial photographer needs advice regarding business structure and help updating his customer contract to address COVID-19 related legal issue as well as customer usage rights.

20-587Business Startup/CorporateMusic, Theater, Film/T.V.Pro Bono

20-587 Student film-maker needs help setting up an LLC.

20-169Business Startup/CorporateDesign/Graphic Design, Photography, Visual ArtPro Bono

20-169 Graduate student, visual artist needs start-up advice, help with business structure and advice regarding copyright registration.

Overview of Copyright Issues in the Arts
20-522OtherLiteraturePro Bono

20-522 Poet plans to republish one of her poems in support of the current Black Lives Matter movement. Client would like to add language to the back of the book that is similar to a registered tag line and needs legal help evaluating the risk.