Caselist

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

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Contract
Copyright
Corporate
Disputes
Employment
Immigration
Mediation
Non-Profit
Patent
Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant
Trademark
Wills, Trusts, or Estates

 

 

Bankruptcy

 

Literary

17147
Client, the owner of a business that provides co-working space for writers, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise Client on whether she should file for bankruptcy for her small business.

 

Contract

 

Film/TV

17162 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client, a director making a documentary about a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft contracts with the subject of the film, the director of photography, and other production staff.

17149 – On Review
Client, an independent film and television producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate the final terms of a Production Agreement.

 

Literary

17160 – On Review
Client, the author of a book published by a vanity press, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review a publishing agreement and assess the accuracy of her royalty payments.

17035 – On Review
Client, a screenwriter and author who is collaborating on a book series, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate the terms of her collaboration with the entrepreneur who commissioned the series.

 

Music

17105 
Client, a music publisher and producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate and redraft a work for hire agreement with a performer.

17077 – On Review
Client, an entertainment company that is releasing a music album, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review the terms of a digital music distribution agreement with an international record label.

 

Theater

17177 – NEW CASE
Client, a playwright, producer, and therapist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft performance and other agreements in connection with an upcoming reading of a new play.

 

Visual Arts

17163 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client, an aspiring comic book writer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a contract that formalizes the dissolution of a creative partnership and the division of intellectual property.

 

Copyright

 

Film/TV

17157 – NEW CASE
Client, a screenwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent him in negotiation with a co-author regarding their ownership and rights in a screenplay.

17040
Client, a photographer and videographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to evaluate the strength of a copyright claim with respect to a music video that incorporates elements very similar to Client’s work, and to seek relief from the record label, if appropriate.

 

Literary

17008 – On Review
Client, a multimedia artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess whether he is able to use material contained within his pitch packet, and to draft a separation agreement with a former collaborator.

 

Music

17127
Client, a composer who wrote music for pop bands in the 1960s, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess whether he may recapture rights in his work from a record label, and to assist with serving and recording notice of termination.

 

Photography

17146
Client, a photographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess her intellectual property rights in photographs she took in her capacity as a co-member of a now-dissolved LLC, and to negotiate usage rights with her former partners.

 

Corporate

 

 

Disputes

 

Dance

17166 – On Review
Client, owner of a dance studio, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to aid his efforts to stop pandemic-related harassment of dance studios by New York City officials.

17070
Client, the executive director of a not-for-profit theater company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a former independent contractor who made damaging public statements about Client and the theater company.

 

Film/TV

17044 – NEW CASE
Client, a filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file an Answer and represent Client in a pending lawsuit for the alleged failure to pay an independent contractor (Supreme Court, New York County). Client must file an Answer on or before November 19, 2020.

17081
Client, a filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover payment and credit for a documentary about music festivals produced by a New York-based media company.

 

Literary

17167
Client, a former actor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute related to her university’s failure to award her a specific degree major.

17036
Client, an author of young adult fantasy adventure novels, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to terminate his contract with a publisher, and to reclaim rights in two novels that are currently owned by the publisher.

17030
Client, an author who hired an editor to proofread, format, and upload his book for sale online, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover the electronic file of his book from the publisher.

17023
Client, an author and a doctoral candidate in music theory, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in enforcing a publishing agreement against an international publisher.

 

Music

17176 – NEW CASE
Client, a musician and recording artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a trademark infringement dispute with another musical artist and her recording company.

17148
Client, a music studio owner, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent Client in a lawsuit from landlord against Client for unpaid rent for the music studio due to COVID-19.

17144
Client, a seminal ‘90’s house music artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to ascertain who the current rightsholder of Client’s work is, and to obtain an accounting and recoup any outstanding royalties as provided for by contract.

17047
Client, a musician and former member of an indie-electronic band, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with an unresponsive former bandmate regarding use, credit, and compensation of co-created intellectual property.

17039 – On Review
Client, a popular mid-century jazz songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent Client in an ongoing copyright infringement lawsuit.

17029
Client, a recording artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to terminate a music licensing agreement and have music removed from points of sale.

17025
Client, a singer-songwriter who sang a popular 1980s track, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess a copyright infringement claim against a record label that has been making unauthorized copies of the song, and pursue relief, if appropriate.

17024
Client, a former singer-songwriter, seeks assistance with assessing her rights in a popular song, and collecting royalties, if appropriate.

16846
Client, a music producer, photographer, and personal manager, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with his former client, who made unauthorized use of master sound recordings and photographs from a performance at famed rock club.

16825
Client, a singer-songwriter who contracted with a producer to promote her music, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to compel the producer to provide accounting on a promotional agreement and the return of a production fee.

 

Photography

17042
Client, a hip hop photographer and pro se plaintiff in the Southern District of New York, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent him in an ongoing dispute over whether his use of a photograph that he owns infringes on the publicity rights of the subject of the image.

 

Theater

17155 – NEW CASE – On Review
Clients, the lead producers of a play, seek the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent them in resolving a dispute with the former director, who alleges that she was sexually harassed and wrongfully terminated.

 

Visual Arts

17168 – On Review
Client, a visual artist who consigned artwork to a gallery for display at art fairs around the world, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover his paintings from the gallery owner.

17165
Client, a painter and the representative of a prolific visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with an art advisor who has failed to fulfill his obligations.

17136
Client, the organizer of a public art project created to support a local community, seeks the assistance of a volunteer to evaluate her rights to one of the artworks which is being held by a building owner on whose property a mural was painted, and to recover the artwork if possible.

17050
Client, an artist and architect of public art installations who subcontracted a consultant for a state-funded public art project, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover funds paid to the consultant, who became uncommunicative after he misused funds and stopped work on the project.

16767
Client, a performance artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist with the recovery of artwork from a curator, or to demand compensation for the work.

 

Employment

 

 

Immigration

 

Visual Arts

17115
Client, a visual artist from Russia, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O1-B visa renewal.

 

Mediation

 

 

Non-Profit

 

Literary

17145
Client, an independent literary press, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit entity, apply for tax exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

 

Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

 

Visual Arts

17135
Clients, two painters who rented an art studio, seek the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess their rights against a landlord who wrongfully removed and destroyed their artwork, and to pursue relief if appropriate.

 

Trademark

 

Design

17133 
Client, a jewelry artisan, educator, and activist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register a trademark for a phrase that she coined in connection with her artistic practice.

 

Music

17176 – NEW CASE
Client, a musician and recording artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a trademark infringement dispute with another musical artist and her recording company.

17126 
Client, a musical artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register a trademark for her stage name.

17121 
Client, a DJ and rapper who is releasing an album later this year, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in registering a trademark for her artist name.

17117 
Client, a musical performing artist and teacher, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register trademarks for her professional names.

 

Performance

17069 
Client, a not-for-profit educational and performance-based museum, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register a trademark for the name of a new project.

 

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

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