Case #Legal CategoryArts CategoryClient TypeDescriptionTraining MaterialsLaw Library

21-0879 NFP that promotes violence prevention and emotional health, produced a card game to facilitate communication between family members. Client is planning to offer the game for sale to the public and needs help determining the best language for the players age recommendation notice. Client would also like help evaluating any liability risk if customers are not satisfied with the notice.

21-0762Copyright Protection/LicensingLiteraturePro Bono

21-0762 Full time student needs help determining whether she needs a license to register copyright and publish her "Unofficial Harry Potter" potion making cookbook.

Representing the LCA Writer: Content Concerns
21-0198Copyright Protection/LicensingFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0198 Producer of a reality 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
21-0504Business 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
21-0556ContractsFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0556 Minority producer of a documentary film series about leaders in the NFP arts world needs counsel to draft a license agreement with the platform that will host the series and provide financial support.

21-0900Contracts, Copyright Protection/LicensingMusicPro Bono

21-0900 Songwriter who is interested in licensing two beats from independent beat producers needs counsel to draft a songwriter favorable, beat license.

21-0902ContractsMusicPro Bono

21-0902 Beat producer needs a standard license agreement for songwriters who want to use his beats in their music. Client would like the agreement to require the licensee to provide a producer credit in connection with the release of any song.

21-0846ContractsFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0846 Minority filmmaker/musician is producing a short film about personal relationships and needs a contract for cast and crew members.

Representing the LCA Filmmaker: Overview of Film Law Topics
21-0194Contracts, Employment, Copyright Protection/LicensingFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0194 Minority, co-producers of a drama about Diabetes need a Co-Producer Agreement. Terms have been agreed to.

Representing the LCA Filmmaker: Overview of Film Law Topics
21-0956ContractsMusic, Performance ArtPro Bono

21-0956 Personal finance consultant for artists needs a standard agreement for freelance authors to write blog posts for her website.

21-0916ContractsFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0916 Client needs an NDA to submit a pitch deck for his film to prospective producers.

21-0897ContractsFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0897 Client agreed to direct a reality show about the music industry in Chicago but the terms have not been reduced to writing. Client needs counsel to draft a standard Producer Director Agreement.

21-0855Contracts, OtherTheaterPro Bono

21-0855 NFP theater has outgrown its space and is planning to move to a new location. Theater needs legal advice regarding rental or purchase of the property and help drafting the appropriate agreement.

21-0959ContractsFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0959 Screenwriter who is developing a script based on a book about a woman who lived in the 1600s and survived a pandemic, needs an agreement with the author of the book.

21-0789Business Startup/Corporate, OtherOther, Visual ArtPro Bono

21-0789 Website and digital product designer signed an NDA with a start-up and produced a copyrightable product. Start-up promised payment but never delivered. Client needs legal help interpreting the NDA and evaluating the limits.

21-0896Contracts, Not for Profit AdvicePerformance ArtPro Bono

21-0896 NFP performance art group that hosts community events for all ages, sometimes through the Chicago Park District, needs counsel to review three contracts, 1) Community Program Agreement, 2) Limits of Liability Agreement, and 3) Instructor Agreement.

21-0810ContractsFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0810 Documentary film production company that is producing a film about the Black Lives Matter movement needs counsel to review a contract to engage the services of a film producer who will manage the financial aspects of the film.

Representing the LCA Filmmaker: Overview of Film Law Topics
21-0851Contracts, Copyright Protection/LicensingLiteraturePro Bono

21-0851 Minority author of an autobiography needs counsel to review a publishing agreement from a local publisher. Client, also, has one question about the inclusion of court documents in her book.

Representing the LCA Writer: Common Contracts
21-0909ContractsFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0909 Author of a television series about paranormal experiences received an option agreement from a small out-of-state studio and needs counsel to review the agreement, propose changes and negotiate with the studio.

21-0832Copyright Infringement, DisputesFilm/TV, Performance ArtPro Bono

21-0832 NFP organized to share silent films that have entered the public domain needs help evaluating the public domain status of a particular film.

21-0747Copyright Protection/LicensingMusicPro Bono

21-0747 Singer-songwriter needs help with copyright registration for seven songs. None of the songs have been released.

Copyright Principles in the Arts: Overview of Copyright Issues in the Arts
21-0876Copyright Protection/LicensingPerformance ArtPro Bono

21-0876 NFP needs help with copyright registration for its unique multi-sensory performances and exhibits.

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
21-0830Copyright Protection/LicensingVisual ArtPro Bono

21-0830 Visual artist needs help with copyright registration for ten drawings that she would like to register as a group. The drawings will be printed on pet related products.

Copyright Principles in the Arts: Overview of Copyright Issues in the Arts
21-0840Contracts, Copyright Protection/LicensingOther, TheaterPro Bono

21-0840 Podcast creator needs help evaluating his rights in a podcast that he developed and hosted, on a volunteer basis, under the name of a small NFP that employed him. Client resigned from his position and would like help evaluating his rights in the podcast.

21-0751Rights of Privacy and Publicity, Not for Profit AdviceOther, Visual ArtPro Bono

21-0751 Immigration NFP needs intellectual property advice regarding their plans to produce a podcast in which undocumented immigrants will share their stories of facing deportation. Organization has counsel to assist with immigration issues.

21-0869Business Startup/CorporateFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0869 Small NFP film production company seeks to acquire the assets of a film festival and needs legal advice in connection with the acquisition. Client is especially interested in assistance verifying the identities of the festival's intellectual property rights holders.

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.

21-0864Contracts, DisputesMusic, Performance ArtPro Bono

21-0864 Minority music artist needs help evaluating options for terminating an Artist Manager Agreement and assistance pursuing termination on any grounds that may be available to her.

21-0568Commercial LitigationVisual ArtPro Bono

21-0568 Visual artist needs help recovering approximately 30 works of visual art from a Chicago gallery. The works were delivered to the gallery in the late 90's and early 2000's under a written Consignment of Art Agreement. Client has never received payment for any of the works.

Representing the LCA Visual Artist: Consignment of Art
21-0008Copyright InfringementMusicContingent Fee (PB Eligible)

21-0008 Minority rap artist needs help evaluating a claim for copyright infringement.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Rights in Musical Compositions
21-0463Copyright InfringementLiteraturePro Bono

21-0463 Journalist and business writer needs help evaluating a claim for copyright infringement of a business plan that she wrote several years ago.

Copyright Principles in the Arts: Copyright Litigation
21-0684DisputesVisual ArtContingent Fee (PB Eligible)

21-0684 Successful, minority mural artist who managed a number of murals in a Chicago area neighborhood, lost several contracts as a result of unwarranted complaints that were made against him. Client needs help evaluating any claim that he might have against the disgruntled neighbors.

21-0572DisputesFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0572 Minority actor signed a written agreement with a management company; but shortly after signing terminated the agreement. Following termination, the management company made unauthorized charges against Client's credit card. Client needs counsel to send a demand letter to recover amounts owed.

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.

21-0491EstatesMusicPro Bono

21-0491 One of the members of a World Music group, that has been together for ten years, recently passed away leaving two adult children as the heirs to his estate. The Band intends to direct royalties to the deceased member's heirs, but the record label is refusing to divide the deceased member's portion of the royalties. Record label claims that royalties need to go to one person. Client needs help resolving this dispute.

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
21-0857Other, 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.

21-0149DisputesVisual 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.

21-0075DisputesMusicContingent 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.

Copyright Principles in the Arts: Overview of Copyright Issues in the Arts
21-0527Employment, OtherTheaterPro Bono

21-0527 Client, a pay equity consultant, is working to establish pay equity standards for theater organizations. Client needs counsel to review and evaluate her draft guidelines.

21-0282Contracts, Other, EstatesMusicPro Bono

21-0282 Minority songwriter with a catalogue of about forty songs needs an estate planning document to transfer those assets to his children.

21-0915ContractsLiteraturePro Bono

21-0915 Client, a short story writer, entered into a written agreement with a Nigerian Science Fiction writer who passed away shortly after the contract was executed. Under the agreement the parties planned to publish a joint short story collection. Client needs help understanding the scope of her rights given that the other party is now deceased.

21-0836Visa and ImmigrationFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0836 Minority filmmaker would like to engage a French cinematographer as the Director of Photography for her experimental narrative film and needs help identifying the correct Visa for this situation. Specifically, she would like advice regarding ESTA.

21-0501ContractsVisual ArtPro Bono

21-0501 NFP needs legal advice regarding marketing and selling an artists work as an NFT.

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.

Representing the LCA Arts Organization: Nonprofit Law for Small Arts Organizations
21-0679Contracts, Not for Profit AdviceMusic, TheaterPro Bono

21-0679 NFP has two questions, first can one member of a collaborative be the fiscal agent for another member of the collaborative. Second, can one member of a collaborative adopt the collaborative as a subsidiary, and if so what are the risks and benefits of that corporate structure.

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.

21-0870Not 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.

21-0868Business Startup/Corporate, Other, Not for Profit AdviceLiterature, Non-Profit, OtherPro Bono

21-0868 NFP that experienced a rapid decline in membership last year needs advice regarding options for preserving the group or, if necessary, proceeding with dissolution.

21-0887Contracts, DisputesMusic, TheaterPro Bono

21-0887 Minority artist owns a mixed use property. In 2020, Client borrowed against the property for improvements. Client missed her June 2021 mortgage payment and the lender immediately threatened to foreclose. Shortly after that, Client received a refinance offer from the same lender. Client needs help evaluating the offer to refinance.

21-0848Contracts, Copyright Protection/LicensingMusicPro Bono

21-0848 Leader of an Afro-Latin band needs start-up advice, help with business structure and an agreement with the band members. Counsel to represent the leader of the band, not the other members.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Band Agreements
21-0825Business Startup/CorporateFilm/TVPro Bono

21-0825 Podcast producer who also hosts the show, needs start-up advice and help with business structure.