Case #Legal CategoryArts CategoryClient TypeDescriptionTraining MaterialsLaw Library
20-110Contracts, DisputesMusicPro 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.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Band Agreements
20-169Business Startup/Corporate, Copyright Protection/LicensingDesign/Graphic Design, Photography, Visual ArtPro Bono

20-169 Graduate student artist sells digital images that are composites of her original photos and needs start-up advice, help with business structure and advice regarding copyright registration.

Overview of Copyright Issues in the Arts
20-397Copyright Protection/LicensingMusicPro 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
20-481Employment, DisputesDance, Music, Other, Performance ArtPro Bono

20-481 Music educator has questions about a pay dispute with a private school.

20-505Copyright InfringementFilm/TV, PhotographyPro 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.

20-520OtherFilm/TV, Music, Visual ArtPro Bono

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

20-586Contracts, Trademark ProtectionFilm/TVPro Bono

20-586 Filmmaker is in the process of producing an action comedy and needs help with trademark registration.

Representing the LCA Filmmaker: Overview
20-589Copyright Protection/LicensingDance, Film/TV, MusicPro Bono

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

Overview of Film Law Topics
20-594Business Startup/CorporateDesign/Graphic Design, PhotographyPro Bono

20-594 Photographer who does digital art is launching an online sales platform and needs start-up advice, help with business structure and a Terms of Service agreement.

20-609DisputesFilm/TV, Performance ArtPro Bono

20-609 Producers and director of a film about racial injustice formed an LLC that owns the copyright to their film. One of the producers would like to remove himself from the LLC and the project. The other producer and the director need help drafting a Separation Agreement.

20-612Business Startup/Corporate, ContractsPerformance Art, TheaterPro Bono

20-612 Client plans to offer concierge services for playwrights in Chicago neighborhoods and needs advice regarding business structure and one customer contract for her artist clients.

20-626Not for Profit AdviceMusicPro Bono

20-626 Start-up NFP needs counsel to review a draft of their proposed bylaws and to advise client regarding the relationship between the NFP entity and a for-profit entity.

Nonprofit Law for Small Arts Organizations
20-627ContractsFilm/TVPro Bono

20-627 Client one of the co-producers of a student film and his co-producer have artistic differences and Client would like counsel to assist with the termination of the Co-producer Agreement. Client needs a Separation Agreement and would like to be recognized for the work that he contributed to the project.

20-647ContractsFilm/TVPro Bono

20-647 Two college students are producing a series of narrative shorts about a Chicago Bookstore and need a Co-Producer Agreement.

Overview of Film Law Topics
20-650Business Startup/Corporate, Not for Profit AdviceArts EducationPro Bono

20-650 For profit architectural education organization needs legal advice regarding business structure and the possibility of establishing a NFP.

Nonprofit Law for Small Arts Organizations
20-669ContractsMusicPro Bono

20-669 Instrumental guitar duo needs counsel to review an agreement to work with a licensing library.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Agreements with Third Parties
20-684Business Startup/Corporate, Copyright Protection/LicensingMusicPro Bono

20-684 Rap artist needs counsel to draft an agreement for his music producer.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Band Agreements
20-707Contracts, Copyright Infringement, Copyright Protection/LicensingMusicPro Bono

20-707 Black female poet whose recorded reading of her work is featured in a rap song needs counsel to review a license agreement.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Rights in Sound Recordings
20-728Copyright Protection/LicensingMusicPro Bono

20-728 Client created a racial justice music video mashup and needs help evaluating whether she can rely on fair use for the use of the musical composition.

Copyright Principles in the Arts: Application and Analysis of Fair Use
20-753Visa and ImmigrationMusicPro Bono

20-753 Pianist is a non-US citizen currently in the US on an expiring visa. Client needs counsel to review his Eb1 Visa application form.

20-769Business Startup/CorporatePro Bono

20-769 Group of artists need legal advice regarding organizational structure. They are trying to determine whether to form a NFP or a co-op.

Nonprofit Law for Small Arts Organizations
20-772Contracts, Copyright Protection/LicensingDesign/Graphic Design, Visual ArtPro Bono

20-772 Architectural NFP is launching an online magazine and needs counsel to draft a work-for-hire agreement for the contributors. Client also needs legal advice regarding copyright registration.

Model Agreements Available
20-780DisputesVisual ArtPro Bono

20-780 Client performed consulting services for a local NFP organization, the organization is in default and client needs help recovering amounts owed.

20-782Employment, DisputesLiterature, Visual ArtPro Bono

Dispute: Employment (Employee side)
20-782 Client believes that she was terminated for improper reasons. She also believes that she should have the rights to a database that she created while employed. Client needs help negotiating a Separation Agreement that addresses these issues.

20-783Visa and ImmigrationVisual ArtPro Bono

20-783 Sculptor needs counsel to assist her in obtaining a O1B Visa.

20-786Copyright Protection / LicensingOLD, DisputesMusicPro Bono

20-786 Client has been involved in activities that are expected to result in litigation. Client is not the responsible party or the injured party, but could be called as a witness. Client needs to understand her responsibilities at this time and what she can expect going forward.

20-789Rights of Privacy and Publicity, Disputes, Copyright Protection/LicensingMusicPro Bono

20-789 Client inherited a record label and recently discovered that a UK record label is about to release an album with music from Client's label. Client needs help evaluating a claim for copyright infringement.

20-808ContractsMusicPro Bono

20-808 Singer songwriter needs counsel to draft an Investment Agreement that outlines the relationship between herself and a prosepctive investor.

20-809Trademark ProtectionMusicPro Bono

20-809 Hip hop artist needs help with trademark registration.

Overview of Trademark Issues in the Arts
20-812ContractsFilm/TVPro Bono

20-812 Student producer needs production counsel for the his narrative film. He is looking for help with contracts for cast and crew, distribution agreements, a Producer Director Agreement and advice regarding Illinois tax credits.

Representing the LCA Filmmaker: Overview
20-813ContractsLiteraturePro Bono

20-813 Client is working on a memoir and needs counsel to review a Ghost-writer Agreement.

20-816Copyright Infringement, Copyright Protection/LicensingFilm/TVPro Bono

20-816 Documentary filmmaker needs help evaluating whether various aspects of his film, which is based on a popular children's movie, are protected by fair use.

Copyright Principles in the Arts: Application and Analysis of Fair Use
20-819Business Startup/CorporateActing/ModelingPro Bono

20-819 Professional photographer is planning to launch a talent agency and needs start-up advice and help with business structure.

20-825ContractsFilm/TV, MusicPro Bono

20-825 Video film producer needs an Employment Agreement for two animators that he hired several months ago.

20-833Other, Copyright Protection/LicensingOtherPro Bono

20-833 NFP, run by a young technology artist, created an audio-video program that provides remote career training to Chicago public school students. Client needs help with copyright registration and licensing rights to implement the program.

20-835Trademark ProtectionOtherPro Bono20-835 NFP, run by a young technology artist, created an audio/video career training program for students and needs help with trademark registration.Overview of Trademark Issues in the Arts
20-846OtherLiterature, Visual ArtPaying

20-846 Author is concerned about a nursing home attaching her bank account and needs legal advice regarding asset protection. Client is 74 and is planning for the future. She is not currently in a residential facility.

20-848Trademark ProtectionFilm/TVPro Bono

20-848 Student producer of a live action adventure film embedded in a comedy series needs help with trademark registration for two trademarks.

Overview of Trademark Issues in the Arts
20-849Contracts, Copyright Protection/LicensingFilm/TVPro Bono

20-849 Student filmmakers are in the process of producing a film about people living with disabilities and need an NDA and Consent and Release form for their interview subjects.

20-852ContractsFashionPro Bono

20-852 Wardrobe consultant and photographer is considering hiring an agent and needs counsel to review the agent agreement and associated documents.

20-854ContractsFilm/TV, MusicPro Bono

20-854 Singer-songwriter (Client) is beginning to record his work in a studio and needs a Producer Agreement.

Representing the LCA Music Client: Agreements with Third Parties
20-856Contracts, Other, Not for Profit Advice, Copyright Protection/LicensingFilm/TVPro Bono

20-856 NFP producing a documentary film needs assistance with copyright registration, content clearance for E&O insurance, assistance with acquiring the insurance and release agreements for co-writers.

Representing the LCA Filmmaker: Overview
20-857Business Startup/Corporate, Contracts, Trademark ProtectionLiterature, Performance Art, Visual ArtPro Bono

20-857 Visual artist who has created a series of images that comment on the various worldwide crises needs counsel to review a book proposal from a publisher that reached out to client after seeing Client's work on social media.

20-860Employment, OtherDance, Other, Performance ArtPro Bono

20-860 Online and at home dance instructor needs help with a liability waiver for students, including children, who are participating in her classes.

20-864Disputes, Commercial LitigationPerformance Art, TheaterPro Bono

20-864 Former manager of a local theater needs help collecting fees for services rendered.

20-869ContractsLiteraturePro Bono

20-869 Part-time English instructor and author of a book on writing needs counsel to review a publishing agreement and represent her to the publishers.

20-871ContractsFilm/TVPro Bono

20-871 Filmmaker is in the process of producing an action comedy and needs an agreement for cast and crew.

Representing the LCA Filmmaker: Overview
20-872Rights of Privacy and PublicityMusicPro Bono

20-872 Former member of a folk band needs help evaluating any claim she may have for violation of her right of publicity inasmuch as the current members of the band are continuing to use her image as an integral part of their marketing campaign.

20-874Other, 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 help evaluating any risks related to this business arrangement.

Nonprofit Law for Small Arts Organizations
20-880Trademark Protection, Not for Profit Advice, Copyright Protection/LicensingLiteraturePro Bono

20-880 African American visual artist who produces African-inspired art needs help with trademark registration for her name and logo and copyright registration for five pieces of artwork.

20-884ContractsFilm/TVPro Bono

20-837 Client is a television producer who needs counsel to review two agreements, a Co-Producer Agreement and a Talent Option Agreement.

20-887ContractsMusicPro Bono

20-887 Father of a 16 year old Rap artist needs counsel to review a Management Agreement that he received for his son.

20-890Contracts, Trademark ProtectionMusic, Performance Art, Visual ArtUndetermined

20-890 Tropical, house, and techno dance music duo needs a contract for when they are hired to perform; and also needs help with trademark registration for the name of the band.