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Case # Legal Category Arts Category Client Type Description
18-708 Music Pro Bono

Dispute: Breach of Contract.
18-708 Rap artist paid a producer to mix and master the tracks that the producer recorded for the artist. The producer never finished the mastering and Client would like the tracks to be returned to her so that she can work with them; or, in the alternative, Client would accept a refund of the amount she paid to the producer.

18-758 Visual Art Pro Bono

Employment and Copyright: Photography
18-758 Photographer who was hired to photograph business owner's clients, was treated as an independent contractor but paid as an employee. Client needs help evaluating her rights in the photographs.

19-031 Music, Performance Art, Other Pro Bono

Employment: NFP: Music.
19-031 NFP classical music group needs legal advice regarding structuring payments to its performers. They also have questions about board governance.

19-086 Dance, Film/TV, Literature, Music, Performance Art, Theater, Visual Art, Other Pro Bono

Copyright: Music.
19-086 Music producer needs help understanding the current law around the use of music samples in his work.

19-113 Literature, Visual Art Pro Bono

Content Clearance: Literature.
19-113 Graphic novelist needs counsel to help evaluate the risk posed by five items in his graphic novel. Issues include possible infringement of intellectual property rights and violation of privacy rights.

19-127 Film/TV Pro Bono

Start-up: Film.
19-127 Filmmaker needs help with business structure and two contracts, one for cast members and one for crew.

19-173b Visual Art Pro Bono

NFP: Literary.
NFP that publishes an art magazine needs help reinstating their 501(c)3 tax exemption which was revoked for failure to file 990s.

19-197 Visual Art Paying

Dispute: Consignment of Art: MADRID
19-197 Visual artist needs help recovering sculptural works that are in Madrid, Spain. The pieces were consigned to a gallery in Buenos Aires and the gallery owner transported them to Madrid for an art festival. All the communications between Client and the gallery are in Spanish.

19-213 Film/TV Pro Bono

Employment: NFP: Film
19-213 NFP film group needs legal advice regarding their upcoming transition from an all-volunteer organization to one with paid staff.

19-217 Visual Art, Other Pro Bono

Start-up: Visual Art.
19-217 Visual artist needs start-up advice and help with business structure. She also needs advice regarding protecting her intellectual property.

19-220b Dance, Literature, Music, Performance Art, Theater, Visual Art, Other Pro Bono

19-220 Through its participating artists, Client creates art installation pieces that appeal to multiple senses. Client needs help transitioning from an LLC to a tax-exempt NFP.

19-234 Music Pro Bono

Dispute: Breach of Settlement Agreement: Music
19-234 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.

19-244 Visual Art Pro Bono

Dispute: Copyright Infringement.
19-244 Visual artist needs a cease and desist letter and copyright infringement evaluation. Counterfeit copies of enamel pins that he designed are being sold online. Referring attorney need not agree to commence litigation.

19-279 Music Pro Bono

Employment: Music.
19-279 International association of musicians needs legal help drafting a harrassment policy.

19-283 Music Pro Bono

Dispute: Employment: Music.
19-283 Composer (Client) was an artist in residence for a local choral group. The conductor of the group promised to apply for grant money to pay Client, but never did. Client produced compositions that were used by the choral group. Client needs help evaluating his rights and pursuing recovery.

19-284 Film/TV, Visual Art Pro Bono

Employment: Contract Review.
19-284 Videographer, formerly an employee of a local photography studio, was terminated as a full-time employee and subsequently offered work as an independent contractor. Client needs counsel to help him evaluate the independent contractor agreement.

19-285 Other Pro Bono

Start-up: Design.
19-285 Branding company that does photo shoots and design work needs start-up advice, help with business structure and a customer contract.

19-339 Film/TV Pro Bono

Start-up: Film.
19-339 Film producer needs start-up advice and help with business structure.

19-345 Performance Art Pro Bono

Start-up: Performance Art.
19-345 Client is launching a character actor business. She plans to hire actors to attend events, festivals and parties dressed in costumes to entertain the guests and participants. Client needs start-up advice, help with business structure and two contracts, one for the customers and one for the actors.

19-390 Dance, Performance Art Pro Bono

Contract: Dance.
19-390 NFP needs help memorializing the terms of an agreement underwhich the NFP will raise money through donations to bring a music and dance group to underserved communities.

19-401 Visual Art Pro Bono

Copyright Infringement: Visual Art.
19-401 Visual artist needs help evaluating the risk of a claim for copyright infringement in connection with publication of her drawing of a heart with human features.

19-411 Music, Performance Art Pro Bono

NFP: Music.
19-411 For profit music school would like to set up a NFP to provide instruments, education and performance opportunities to underserved members of the community.

19-417 Music Pro Bono

Employment: Classification of Employees. Orchestra
19-417 NFP orchestra needs counsel to help them understand how unemployment compesation requirements apply to their organization.

19-420 Film/TV Pro Bono

Content Clearance: Film.
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.

19-427 Music Pro Bono

Start-up: Music.
19-427 Client is in the process of launching a record label and needs start-up advice and help with business structure.

19-446 Music, Performance Art Pro Bono

Trademark: Vocal Artist
Singer's trademark was cancelled due to failure to file a Declaration of Use between the fifth and sixth year. Client needs help filing a new trademark application.

19-451 Visual Art, Other Pro Bono

Dispute: Employment.
Photo and digital media company employee needs help evaluating her sexual discrimination in the workplace claim.

19-453 Music Pro Bono

Dispute: Music
19-453 Rap and hip/hop artist needs help evaluating his rights under an Exclusive Artist Recording Deal Memorandum Agreement that he signed with an entertainment group in 2016.

19-455 Film/TV, Music Pro Bono

Contract Review: Music
Twin brothers, a rap music team, needs counsel to help them evaluate a music manager agreement.

19-469 Performance Art Pro Bono

Dispute: Talent Agent Contract
19-469 Client needs help evaluating the possibility of terminating her contract with a talent agency.

19-474 Visual Art Pro Bono

Contract Review: Artist Agreement for Commissioned Work
19-474 Artist needs counsel to review a contract from a museum to commission the artist's work. Client is especially concerned with the issue of ownership of the copyright in the piece.

19-477 Visual Art Pro Bono

Dispute: Copyright
19-477 Visual artist was commissioned to paint a mural on the wall of a public school in the 1990s. The mural was later removed and client needs help evaluating his rights under the Visual Artists Rights Act.

19-482 Music Pro Bono

Contract: Music
19-482 Indie rock music group needs help evaluating a Music Publishing License Agreement and a Master Recording License Agreement.

19-491 Dance, Performance Art Pro Bono

Contract: Dance
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.