Caselist

Updated as of Thursday August 15, 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

 

Visual Arts

16706 – NEW CASE
Client, a mixed media artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate and re-draft a Bill of Sale relating to the acquisition of her work by a prominent art museum.

 

Film/TV

16665 – NEW CASE
Client, the writer and producer of a web series, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to conduct a risk analysis to determine whether collaborators on the series are likely to claim a copyright in the work, and to draft a related contract with collaborators.

16662 – NEW CASE
Client, an actor, singer, and director seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a contract to present to an investor in a web series that Client is currently developing.

 

Music

16680 – NEW CASE
Client, the widow of a well-known Puerto Rican musician, seeks the assistance of a pro bono attorney to review and explain the meaning of BMI documents in order to receive royalties from her husband’s music, and to review a testamentary document associated with her husband’s estate.

16670 – NEW CASE
Client, an up-and-coming music producer, songwriter, and performer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a contract with an Oregon-based independent music label.

 

Copyright

 

Film/TV

16385 – NEW CASE
Client, a writer and director of musicals, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to acquire the necessary permissions from the producers and subjects of a documentary about a family of performers.

 

Corporate

 

Film/TV

16678 – NEW CASE
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form an LLC for a film project.

 

Music

16651
Client, the leader of a Hudson Valley-based band, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise on strategies to centralize the band’s intellectual property and clarify band member responsibilities in light of the possible departure of some band members.

 

Theater

16672 – NEW CASE
Client, a playwright and theater director, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to evaluate the terms of the dissolution of a media company he co-founded.

 

Dispute / Litigation / Negotiation

 

Dance

16531
Client, the founder of a not-for-profit dance company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to enforce a trademark and negotiate the division of the organization’s assets.

 

Film/TV

16677 – NEW CASE
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft an opinion letter so that Client may obtain errors and omissions insurance.

16669 – NEW CASE
Client, a film producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate and finalize a compensation arrangement for a former collaborator.

16643 – NEW CASE
Client, a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to risk assess her film and advise on mitigating risk in portraying a character based on a real individual with whom she does not have a life rights agreement.

16624
Client, a documentary filmmaker and producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent him in a pending lawsuit filed a by former collaborator.

16608
Client, a freelance copywriter and independent filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess his rights regarding the unauthorized use of his ideas and materials in various commercial advertisements, and to pursue relief, if appropriate.

16606
Client, a graduate student at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover the final installment of a grant awarded in a competition hosted by a not-for-profit institution.

16588
Client, a student filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist in recovering the final installment of a grant that was awarded but not disbursed.

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.

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.

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.

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

16673 – NEW CASE
Client, the author of a Christian faith novel, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to understand her rights under a publishing contract.

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.

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

16653 – NEW CASE
Client, a music producer and record label owner, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to provide an assessment of the Client’s rights against a French record label that distributed music under a license agreement signed prior to the assignment of copyright to the Client.

16605
Client, a musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to demand an accounting from a music licensing company.

16559
Client, a singer, songwriter and producer in the 1970s and 1980s, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue a claim for royalties derived from a sound recording and musical composition of a popular song.

16557
Client, a Brooklyn-based musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to enforce a court-mandated settlement agreement and recover money owed to Client.

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.

16282
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.

16164
Client, a jazz musician, who filed a complaint in NY Supreme Court alleging various causes of action, including defamation and tortious interference with economic gain, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent him in the pending lawsuit. The next court date is August 29, 2019.

 

Photography

16648
Client, a fashion photographer whose photos were reproduced in a coffee table fashion book without her permission, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover monetary damages from the book’s publisher.

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

16667 – NEW CASE
Client, a theater actor and playwright, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a cease and desist letter to stop a company from distributing the DVD of Client’s play, pursuant to the cancellation of a digital license agreement.

16658
Client, an actor, comedian, cabaret performer, and producer, seeks the assistance of a voluntary attorney to respond to a lawsuit filed against him for breach of an Operating Agreement. The deadline to file an Answer is August 19, 2019.

16556
Client, a New Jersey-based musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to enforce a settlement agreement related to the unauthorized use of a trademark.

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 Arts

16693 – NEW CASE
Client, a New York City-based visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent him in a commercial lease dispute currently in New York State Supreme Court regarding, among other things, subleasing of the Premises, and owing of rent at holdover rate as stipulated in the lease.

16675 – NEW CASE
Client, a visual artist who sells merchandise featuring her paintings of famous female artists, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond to a trademark infringement notice.

16657 – NEW CASE
Client, a sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover artwork from a former agent, or to receive compensation for the work.

16652
Client, a toy designer who contracted a prototyping company to create a prototype of his design, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover a refund after the company failed to complete Client’s prototype as agreed.

16599
Client, a sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to address a commercial gallery’s breach of contract following the gallery’s failure to pay fabrication fees to a third party, failure to pay for a sculpture, and miscalculation of commissions due on two previous sales.

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

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
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

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

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

 

Mixed Media

16188
Client, an internationally-renowned digital media and installation artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney 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.

 

Mediation

 

 

Non-Profit

 

Literary

16571
Client, a visual arts publication, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to dissolve an existing LLC and form a not-for-profit entity, apply for tax-exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

 

Music

16695 – NEW CASE
Client, a not-for-profit organization with the mission to make music written between 1650 and 1800 an integral part of the community, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit entity, apply for tax-exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

16379
Client, a musician who formed a non-profit organization to raise funds for the victims of an earthquake, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to reinstate its tax exempt status.

 

Theater

16517
Client, a non-for-profit organization, seeks legal assistance of a volunteer attorney to revise their current online privacy policy.

 

Visual Arts

16616
Client, a not-for-profit visual arts foundation, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to dissolve the foundation and to structure a plan to distribute the assets.

16575
Client, a visual arts not-for-profit corporation, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to reinstate its tax exempt status, which was revoked in May 2010.

 

Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

 

Visual Arts

16693 – NEW CASE
Client, a New York City-based visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent him in a commercial lease dispute currently in New York State Supreme Court regarding, among other things, subleasing of the Premises, and owing of rent at holdover rate as stipulated in the lease.

 

Trademark

 

Music

16674 – NEW CASE
Client, a solo electronic/pop singer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register a trademark for her stage name.

16656 – NEW CASE
Client, a not-for-profit organization planning a benefit concert, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register a trademark for the name of the concert.

 

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

Literary

16496
Client, the daughter of a famous children’s novelist and co-executor of her father’s estate, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a co-executor relating to the recovery of estate expenses and the distribution of estate property.

 

Mixed Media

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