Case #Legal CategoryArts CategoryClient TypeDescriptionTraining MaterialsLaw Library
19-234Copyright Infringement, DisputesMusicPro Bono19-234 Client wrote and recorded music that was used without authorization in several episodes of a television show. With the assistance of counsel, Client entered into a Settlement Agreement with the show's producers. Producer violated the settlement. Client needs help evaluating his claim.Overview of Copyright Issues in the Arts
19-395bDisputesVisual ArtPro Bono

19-395 Visual artist was the victim of a scam perpetrated though a credit card processing system, and the credit card company filed an action to collect from the artist. Client needs counsel to represent him in the defense of this claim.

19-417EmploymentMusicPro Bono

19-417 NFP orchestra needs counsel to help them understand how unemployment compensation requirements apply to their organization.

19-420OtherFilm/TVPro Bono

19-420 Documentary film-maker, in a master's degree program, is producing a film about the challenges faced by three friends who left a cult like environment in which they had been raised. Client is concerned about a possible defamation claim and needs an attorney opinion letter to submit with his application for errors and omissions insurance.

Representing the LCA Writer: Content Concerns
19-467DisputesVisual ArtPro Bono

19-467 Visual artist needs help enforcing his rights under the Consignment of Art Act, against a local gallery. Gallery is refusing to return his work or make payment.

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19-479Disputes, Landlord-TenantLiterature, Music, Performance Art, Visual ArtPro Bono

19-479 Sound artist who hosts musical performances in his live/work space received a notice from the City of Chicago informing him that he needs a PPA license. Client needs help evaluating whether a PPA license or a PAV license is required for his shows.

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19-491ContractsDance, Performance ArtPro Bono

19-491 NFP dance group needs help evaluating whether there are any legal issues they need to address before offering programs that include both adolescent girls and adults.

19-509-2DisputesFilm/TV, Performance Art, Theater, Visual ArtContingent Fee (PB Eligible)

19-509 Actor was hired to perform in an advertisement. The hiring party is using the advertisement in media that is beyond the scope of the agreement. Litigation is currently pending in District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Client needs substitute counsel to represent him in the litigation.

19-549DisputesVisualPro Bono

19-549 Visual artist needs help enforcing his rights under the Consignment of Art Act, against a local gallery. Gallery is refusing to return his work or make payment.

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19-558Trademark ProtectionMusicPro Bono

19-558 Client's mark was cancelled due to failure to file a Section 8 Affidavit. Client needs help filing a request for reinstatement or a new application. Client is using the mark.

19-617Trademark ProtectionOtherPro Bono

19-617 Fashion designer needs help with trademark registration.

19-624Rights of Privacy and Publicity, DisputesFilm/T.V.Pro Bono

19-624 Documentary film-maker needs help evaluating the risks associated with producing a true-crime film about a notorious criminal from the Chicago area who is now-deceased.

19-625-2Contracts, DisputesVisual ArtContingent Fee (PB Eligible)19-625-2 Muralist was hired by a local restaurateur to create a mural for his new restaurant. Recently, client discovered that the restaurateur signed his own name to the front of her canvas and put it on display.
19-637Disputes, Commercial LitigationFilm/T.V.Pro Bono

19-637 SAG Voice-over artist performed in several commercial advertisements and needs help collecting the amount that the advertising agency owes her. Client has evidence, obtained with the help of SAG, that the voice-overs were used significantly in excess of the scope of the agreement.

19-646DisputesMusicPro Bono

19-646 Musician needs help collecting royalties. In collaboration with a rap artist Client wrote and recorded about a dozen tracks. Client wrote and played the music and the rap artist wrote the lyrics and performed the vocals. Songs off an album that came out in 2016 have been licensed and Client received one royalty payment. Recently, Client was able to secure an an accounting but no payment. Client needs legal help collecting the royalties that he is owed.

19-650Disputes, Personal Injury/Damage to PropertyComedyPro Bono

19-650 Clients, members of a former sketch comedy group, are named defendants in a personal injury action. The plaintiff's injury was sustained during a performance by the comedy group. Clients need representation in the pending litigation.

19-653Disputes, Landlord-TenantVisualPaying

19-653 Artist owns an apartment building and needs legal help with an eviction action that she filed pro se.

19-655ContractsMusicPro Bono

19-655 Country western musician needs counsel to review a Record Label Agreement.

19-658Not for Profit AdviceLiteraturePro Bono

19-658 Client is a North Carolina NFP with a 501(c) 3 tax exemption. Client would like to dissolve the NC NFP, set up an Illinois NFP and transfer the 501(c)3 tax exemption to the Illinois organization.


19-672 Co-authors of a script for theater have dissolved their working relationship and are in the process of negotiating a termination agreement that includes future credits and on-going royalties. Client (one of the co-authors) needs legal help negotiating the terms of the agreement.

19-681DisputesFilm/T.V.Pro Bono

19-681 Graduate film student wrote the script for a short film and hired another student to do the filming. After a dispute their working relationship was terminated. The videographer promised to return the footage but never did. Client needs help recovering the footage so that he can complete the film.

19-695Contracts, Copyright Protection/LicensingFilm/TVPro Bono

19-695 Broadcast journalist who is producing a show spotlighting local arts-related businesses and events needs counsel to draft two agreements, a work-for-hire agreement for her videographer and a release for her interview subjects.

Representing the LCA Filmmaker: Overview
19-699Copyright InfringementVisualContingent Fee

19-699 Visual artist recently discovered that one of her paintings, completed in 2014 and sold in 2015, has been copied by an Italian textile design company and transferred to two high end pieces of clothing that are being sold my major retailers worldwide.

19-701Not for Profit AdviceLiterature, Music, Performance ArtPro Bono

19-701 Irish arts and culture NFP needs help structuring the transfer of assets to the NFP from a very small for-profit publishing corporation. The NFP also needs help with a name change.

19-713OtherFilm/T.V.Pro Bono

19-713 Filmmaker is directing a documentary film about an important event in Chicago history and needs help securing a copy of a deposition, of a former politician, which is currently under protective order.

19-718Visa and ImmigrationDance, Music, Theater, Film/T.V.Pro Bono

19-718 Venezuelan music theater student who is in the US on a J-1 Visa, is graduating in May and needs help with an O-1 Visa application.

19-719Copyright Protection/LicensingOther, VisualPaying

19-719 Visual artist with an idea for a patentable product needs help evaluating her options with regard to patenting. Client also needs help with copyright registration of signs that she created.

19-731Business Startup/CorporateMusicPro Bono

19-731 Rock and alternative-rock musician needs help evaluating whether he should consolidate his music publishing company with his LLC. The LLC was set-up to market his music.

19-742Other, Landlord-Tenant, Not for Profit AdviceMusic, Performance Art, Film/T.V.Pro Bono

19-742 NFP theater group needs immediate help with dissolution. The theater's debts include amounts owed to the IRS, their employees and their landlord. They also have some assets of value.

19-771Not for Profit AdviceOtherPro Bono

19-771 Group that was a program of a larger NFP needs help setting up their own NFP.