Caselist

Updated as of Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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

 

Contract

 

Film/TV

16534 – NEW CASE 
Client, a singer and parody songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a contract with an entertainment management company.

 

Fashion

16533 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client, a model, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a release from a talent management agreement.

 

Music

16535 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client, a folk musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review a buyout agreement between the client and other band members.

16503 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client, a songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review a music license for backing tracks she has purchased.

 

Theater

16537 – NEW CASE
Client, an entertainment company specializing in nightlife events, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to revise a work-for-hire agreement.

16525 – On Review
Client, a songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in drafting both a work-for-hire agreement and a collaboration agreement with other songwriters for a musical production.

16476
Client, a playwright, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to revise a production agreement and licensing contract for a play she has co-authored.

 

Copyright

 

Music

16448
Client, a musical composer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist to re-acquire the copyright to a composition he first published in 1985, and later assigned to a music publisher.

16426 – On Review
Client, a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing interactive music video episodes to assisted living facilities as a tool for mentally and physically stimulating resident’s with Alzheimer‘s disease, seeks assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise on copyright issues regarding the use of music in videos, and to draft agreements related to the videos.

 

Visual

16512
Client, a multidisciplinary artist who created a website that demonstrates censorship online by aggregating thumbnail image search results, seeks the advice of a volunteer attorney on how Client may limit potential claims of copyright infringement.

 

Corporate

 

 

Dispute / Litigation / Negotiation

 

Mixed

16481 – NEW CASE
Client, the step-son of an English artist and scholar, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise on a lawsuit, in Erie County (Buffalo), related to his step-mother’s will, and to assist in recovering attorneys fees incurred by the estate.

 

Fashion

16322 – On Review
Client, a fashion designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to stop online stores from infringing her copyright in her photography and shoe designs.

 

Film/TV

16467
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover video recordings and personal property that are being held by a former collaborator.

16409
Client, a filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with his co-producer over investment in a movie project.

16398 
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to navigate a dispute with her former business partner with respect to conflicting interests in their film and related business entity.

16374
Client, a film director, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent Client in a dispute between the Client and one of the film’s producers over lack of credit and Client’s removal from a project.

16307 – On Review
Client, a screenwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess Client’s rights against a film company that released a film with strong similarities to Client’s copyrighted screenplay, and to pursue relief if appropriate.

16239 
Client, a not-for-profit filmmaking organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond to a former collaborator who harassed a board member, filed an ethics complaint against Client and its president, and continues to speak disparagingly about Client in the filmmaking community.

16043 
Client, a screenwriter whose former collaborator completed and released their joint project without Client’s participation or approval, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney evaluate her options, including mediation, in order to demand credit for the project or to have it removed from the internet.

15969
Client, a film producer who co-created a documentary about a music summer camp, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a business partner who has continued the project without Client’s participation or approval.

15777
Client, a scriptwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a director who used Client’s autobiographical script and personal photographs to create a feature film.

 

Literary

16506 – NEW CASE
Client, an author, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess her rights regarding her book, which was registered with the US Copyright Office under her editor’s name without Client’s permission.

16387
Client, an artist and writer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney for negotiation and possible mediation of a copyright dispute over her late husband’s estate.

16121 
Client, the author of several well-known books, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute over the estate of her previous business partner. Client and her previous partner owned a joint copyright to the photographs in the books, which have been reproduced and licensed without her permission.

16013 
Client, an author, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute regarding funds that a publisher paid her under a contract, to regain intellectual property rights in the works covered under the parties’ contract, and to enforce her privacy rights which she believes her publisher has violated.

 

Music

16498
Client, a songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess his rights against a record label, which he claims is unlawfully distributing his music online and withholding payment, and to pursue action if appropriate.

16393
Client, a singer-songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to remove her song from music streaming websites that are mis-attributing the song. The song is currently listed with another woman’s photo and biography.

16282 – On Review
Client, a singer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to receive credit for the twelve years of work she did on behalf of a well-known jazz musician.

 

Photography

16502
Client, a photographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover payment from online publications that are using his photographs without permission.

16358
Client, a photographer whose images are licensed as stock photographs, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to investigate whether the licensing company is engaged in unauthorized use of Client’s photographs under the terms of the agreements between the parties and to investigate whether the licensing company owes additional amounts to Client. If Client does have viable claims against the licensing company, Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in the enforcement of his rights.

16142
Client, a visual artist, seeks assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a contractual dispute with a photographer with whom she collaborated on a project.

16011
Client, the recipient of a sizable photography grant, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a former partner who received half of the grant to promote the project but failed to execute the work promised.

 

Theater

16494 – NEW CASE
Client, composer for an Obie-winning musical, requires a litigator to pursue copyright and contract claims against former collaborators and, possibly, a theater company that produced the first run of the musical.

16163
Client, an actor whose profile was removed from a casting website when he was recovering from surgery, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to have his profile restored and to receive a refund for the fees he paid to the website.

 

Visual

16524 – NEW CASE
Client, a visual artist, requires the assistance of a volunteer attorney to send a letter demanding payment for the uncompensated use of his work.

16521 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client, a painter and sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute pertaining to unperformed obligations by an art gallery and money owed to Client.

16451
Client, a font designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to commence a claim against a design agency for the breach of an End User Licensing Agreement (EULA).

16384
Client, a visual artist and sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate compensation for a California university’s unauthorized use of his designs in promotional material.

16273
Client, a community-focused public artist whose work is installed in a New York City park, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess Client’s claim of copyright infringement against a corporate art installation, and to pursue relief if appropriate.

 

Employment

 

Film/TV

16144 – On Review
Client, a professional actress, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a workplace harassment and retaliation claim with a major media network.

 

Immigration

 

Film/TV

16420
Client, a filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise on preparing her application for an O-1 visa.

15920 
Client, a film director and professor from Greece, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.

15916
Client, a Canadian film producer working in the U.S. on an O1-B visa, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for a green card.

 

Mixed

16530 – NEW CASE
Client, an award winning actor and singer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to renew an O-1 visa, which expires in September 2019.

16311 
Client, a fashion designer and multi-media artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain a visa that would enable her to keep her position at the Ecuadorian American Cultural Center after her current employment authorization expires in May 2019.

16188
Client, an internationally renowned, interdisciplinary digital media and installation artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer lawyer to apply for a green card.

15917
Client, a Canadian architect, illustrator, game inventor and visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O- 1 visa.

 

Music

16429
Client, a musical artist and performer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file an O-1 Visa Extension application.

16191 
Client, a lead singer of an internationally acclaimed music duo and solo performer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to renew her O-1 visa or apply for a green card.

 

Theater

16215 
Client, an actress and dialect coach, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for a one-year extension of her O-1 visa and to apply for a green card on an EB-1 visa. Client’s visa expired on August 29, 2018.

 

Visual

16105 
Client, a Spanish journalist and the wife of a Spanish visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to complete the process of applying for either an I or an O3 visa.

 

Mediation

 

 

Non-Profit

 

Visual

16520 – NEW CASE
Client, a visual artist who has been organizing an annual public performance piece as a memorial for the Srebrenica massacre, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit organization, obtain tax exempt status, and draft foundational documents. Client also seeks advice with regard to intellectual property associated with the performance piece.

 

Theater

16517 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client, an organization that aims to bring choreography with integrated physical therapy to children in hospitals, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit entity, apply for tax-exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

 

Dance

16482
Client, an organization that aims to bring choreography with integrated physical therapy to children in hospitals, 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

 

 

Trademark

 

 

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

Music

16527 – NEW CASE
Client, a painter and musician who gained recognition for his work in New York in the late 1960s and 1970s, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to prepare a will, living will, and health care proxy.

 

Visual

16422 – NEW CASE
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to help with drafting estate planning documents including a will, living will, health care proxy, and to advise on creating a trust for her artwork.