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Case # Legal Category Arts Category Description
19-420
Pro Bono
Film/TV

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.

19-695
Pro Bono
Film/TV

Contract Drafting: Film

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.

19-563
Pro Bono
Music

Contract Drafting: Music License

19-563 Music aggregation service needs start-up advice, and two license agreements. They need one license from artists that allows Client to market the artists music, and a second license to the music users.

Sample Music Licensing Agreements Available
19-672 Theater

Contract Negotiation: Co-Author Termination Agreement

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.

19-491
Pro Bono
Dance, Performance Art

Contract Review: 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.

19-655
Pro Bono
Music

Contract Review: Record Label Agreement

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

Materials Available
19-637
Pro Bono
Film/T.V.

Dipute: Collection: Non-payment for Services

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.

19-467
Pro Bono
Visual Art

Dispute: Consignment of Art Agreement

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.

Materials Available
19-549
Pro Bono
Visual

Dispute: Consignment of Art Agreement

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.

Materials Available
19-479
Pro Bono
Literature, Music, Performance Art, Visual Art

Dispute: Landlord Tenant

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.

Materials Available
19-646
Pro Bono
Music

Dispute: Music Royalties: Portugal

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.

19-763
Contingent Fee (PB Eligible)
Music

Dispute: Non-payment of Royalties

19-763 Co-author of a successful House Music song needs help enforcing her rights to royalties. The song was originally published in the late 1980's and is still being sampled, remixed and used in other mediums.

19-681
Pro Bono
Film/T.V.

Dispute: Recovery of Film Footage

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.

19-417
Pro Bono
Music

Employment: Classification of Employees. Orchestra

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

19-718
Pro Bono
Dance, Music, Theater, Film/T.V.

Immigration: Music

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.

19-719
Paying
Other, Visual

IP Protection and Copyright Registration: Visual Art

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.

19-722
Pro Bono
Other

IP Protection: Board Game

19-722 Client needs help evaluating the best intellectual property protection for her board game.
19-628
Pro Bono
Fashion

IP Protection: Fashion

19-628 Client needs help evaluating her options for protecting her intellectual property.

19-713
Pro Bono
Film/T.V.

Litigation: Motion to Unseal Records

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.

19-742
Pro Bono
Music, Performance Art, Film/T.V.

NFP Dissolution: Theater

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.

19-771
Pro Bono
Other

NFP Start-up: Culinary

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

19-658
Pro Bono
Literature

NFP:

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.

19-701
Pro Bono
Literature, Music, Performance Art

NFP: Transfer of Assets and Name Change

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.

19-653
Paying
Visual

Pending Litigation: Landlord-side Eviction

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

19-395b
Pro Bono
Visual Art

Pending Litigation: Breach of Contract Defense

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.

19-650
Pro Bono
Comedy

Pending Litigation: Personal Injury Defense

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.

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

Pending Litigation: Right of Publicity

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.

19-624
Pro Bono
Film/T.V.

Right of Publicity: Film

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.

19-731
Pro Bono
Music

Start-up: Music

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.

19-617
Pro Bono
Other

Trademark Registration: Fashion

19-617 Fashion designer needs help with trademark registration.

19-558
Pro Bono
Music

Trademark: Renewal Application

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.

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