Case #Legal CategoryArts CategoryClient TypeDescriptionTraining MaterialsLaw Library
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
21-1074Other, DisputesFilm/TVPro Bono

Filmmaker has been working on a documentary film with a partner for seven years. He needs counsel to draft an agreement laying out the terms of the arrangement, including ownership, distribution of proceeds, and timetables.

Representing the LCA Filmmaker: Overview of Film Law Topics
21-1116Copyright Protection/LicensingLiteraturePro Bono

21-1116 Author has self-published a series of children's books, all of which use the same illustrator. The terms of the first agreement promised the illustrator a percentage of royalties. Author would like to buy-out the illustrator, and needs counsel to draft a new agreement memorializing the updated terms.

21-1003ContractsFilm/TVPro Bono

21-1003 Screenwriter client is working with the author of a novel to adapt the novel into a screenplay. Client needs a collaboration agreement between himself and the author of the novel.

Representing the LCA Filmmaker: Writer Agreements
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
21-0873Contracts, 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
21-1034Copyright InfringementMusicPro Bono

Minority musician's music was posted online without his permission. He needs help evaluating a claim for copyright infringement.

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.

21-1117Landlord-TenantLiterature, OtherPro Bono

21-1117 Nonprofit community library needs assistance evaluating a claim against their landlord for failure to make repairs required for the space to meet code.

21-1048Disputes, Copyright Protection/LicensingMusicPro Bono

21-1048 Songwriter and recording artist entered into agreements with an artist and a producer via email and has not been paid for services rendered. Songwriter needs counsel to evaluate and enforce her right to payment.

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.

21-1105Copyright Infringement, DisputesMusicPaying

21-1105 Client was a member of a metal band in the 1980s, and wrote and co-wrote a number of songs on one album. The band broke up, but later reformed without client (however, he has contributed to several more recent releases). He has never received any royalties and needs assistance determining whether he has a claim for unpaid royalties.

21-1190DisputesDance, Performance ArtPro Bono

21-1151 Figure-skating choreographer and trainer needs immediate representation to prepare a Petition for Leave to Appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court from an adverse judgment of the Illinois Human Rights Commission of a claim of sexual harassment/hostile work environment.

21-0911EmploymentMusicPro Bono

21-0911 Employee of a performance art group has refused the vaccine for medical reasons. Employer is requiring vaccinations for all employees returning to work. Client needs help evaluating her options.

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.

21-1063Copyright Infringement, EstatesMusic

21-1063 Minority client's brother was a member of a successful soul group in the 70s. Client's brother recently passed away and the client needs assistance to obtain royalties from his brother's work.

21-1077Visa and ImmigrationDancePro Bono

21-1077 Dancer's artist visa expired in August 2020. He filed his green card application in July and recently filed a request to expedite the process. He will be unable to be paid for his work until the process is completed and requires advice on his options for moving the process forward.

21-1010Visa and ImmigrationMusicPro Bono

21-1010 Client is a jazz drummer who is currently on a F-1 visa. She is scheduled to complete a fellowship with a local music institute this year and return to her home country, but wishes to be able to return to the U.S. as soon as possible. She needs help identifying the correct Visa for this situation.

21-0961Business Startup/Corporate, ContractsFilm/TV, MusicPro Bono

21-0961 Minority-owned LLC is developing tools and programs to combat sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry. Client needs help evaluating the best strategy for protecting her intellectual property and assistance with contracts.

21-0501ContractsVisual ArtPro Bono

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

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.

21-0887Contracts, 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.

21-1131Business Startup/CorporateOtherPro Bono

21-1131 Fashion designer is preparing to launch a clothing line and needs help with LLC formation and trademark registration for one mark.

21-1084Other, Trademark Protection, DisputesFilm/TV, Visual ArtPro Bono

Painter and educator needs help with trademark protection.