Arts Cases Available for Placement

October 16, 2018

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CONTRACTS

A2716-1-K: REVIEW AND ADVICE ON AGENCY CONTRACT

Client is a British actor/model who moved to the US in March after signing an agency contract with Adverse Party. Client believes AP is not shopping him well for work and would like an attorney to review and terminate the contract, if possible.

MISCELLANEOUS

A2251-2-M: COUNSEL AND REVIEW OF OPEN LETTER

Client, a visual artist, is crafting an open letter concerning the Atlanta arts community similar to the #notsurprised open letter, but including experiences of all genders.   Client seeks advice on and review of such letter.

A2736-1-M: ARTIST NEEDS ASSISTANCE WITH PAYMENT SETTLEMENT

Client is a multi-disciplinary artist. Several years ago, client had a neurological event that left his ability to work impaired. Under advisement, Client stopped making credit card payments. Adverse Party has now served Client to recover the amount owed. Client seeks the assistance of an attorney to advise him and help settle the matter.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

A2357-3-D: RESPONSE TO DMCA TAKEDOWN NOTICE

Client received a take down notice from her sales platform service provider. She modified one piece, and sent a counter notice concerning other pieces. The entity claiming the rights had based its derivative work on a public domain work. Client was careful to only use elements, such as character names, from the pd work in her art/sales items. When Client asked for the status following the counter notice she was advised that her use was in violation of the site's User and IP Policy, and they would not restore her items to the site. Client seeks help in responding to the provider's response, and guidance on how to address such matters in the future and avoidance of potential infringements (copyright, trademark etc.) in light of her work.

A2682-1-D: RECOVERY OF ROYALTIES

Client wrote book and contracted with Adverse Party (AP) for distribution. Client seeks recovery of royalties. AP has only reported 2 copies of book sold - but Client has signed over 100 copies which have been purchased by fans. AP offered to purchase copyright and will now not accept phone calls from Client.

A2695-1-D: DISPUTE WITH HOA; LIEN AGAINST PROPERTY

Client, a local actor, had dispute with parking authority associated with her condo association. In direct opposition to a court's finding on the matter, Client was barred from using the parking deck. Client deducted costs associated with parking facility from HOA fees. HOA has threatened to file lien against client's home. Client wishes HOA to drop suit and backpay for costs associated with parking off-campus for many years.

A2527-1-D: RECOVERY OF PROPERTY

Client, an audio engineer and bassist, entered into a verbal agreement to assist a studio (Adverse Party) in paying overdue rent and provide services in exchange for using the studio and a partnership with AP. Client gave AP money to help cover the outstanding rent and earned revenue for the studio.  Client requested their agreement in writing.  AP refused and has denied Client access to his equipment located at the studio. Client seeks return of his equipment and compensation for lost income.

A2625-1-D: PAINTINGS SOLD WITHOUT PERMISSION

Client's paintings were previously displayed in a homeless shelter gallery space and remained on site for storage. Client had verbal agreement with the shelter director to safely hold the works until Client, an intermittent shelter resident, could return to collect them. Director then sold all fifteen of Client's paintings without permission and kept proceeds.

A2658-2-D: CLIENT SEEKS CREDIT AND COMPENSATION FOR WORK ON ALBUM

Client worked with various Adverse Parties in 2013 in the production of one song on AP’s album. Client registered with BMI and has been receiving royalty payments from BMI. However, Client was never credited nor compensated for his contribution as agreed. Client seeks to be properly credited and compensated as per the agreement reached with APs.

A2436-1-D:  NON-PAYMENT OF CONTRACT

Client is a multicultural theater buff with multiple degrees with a rare, advanced form of arthritis (AS). Adverse Party hired Client to build, purchase, and fabricate set props for multiple plays. AP later fired Client under specious circumstances. Following termination, AP withheld payment and reimbursement of expenses. Client needs assistance recovering the money he is due.

A2259-1-D: CONTRACT REVIEW AND POTENTIAL INFRINGEMENT ACTION

Client, a former member of a well known group entered into a writing (song lyrics) contract in 1994 with AP. Client received partial payment but then became ill. Client believes a force majeure clause was triggered suspending contract performance. Client wants the suspension lifted and the contract resumed. Additionally, Client believes that another artist (Artist) represented by AP has used some of her lyrics and the melody. She wants to be compensated for the writer's share and such amount applied to recoupment of the first advance paid by AP. If Artist will not compensate Client, she would like to pursue any and all remedies. Contract is under NY law.

A2693-1-D:  ARTIST ASSISTANCE WITH COPYRIGHT OWNERSHIP

Client, a videographer and documentary producer, worked as a studio technician for her employer. Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to help resolve a dispute over copyright ownership concerning a video Client created for the employer's 50th-anniversary celebration.

A2402-1-D: UNAUTHORIZED USE OF MUSIC

Client, an organist and composer performing since the 90s has several pieces available online. Recently client discovered that a portion of her work appeared in several TV shows. Client needs a cease and desist letter sent to party who was licensing the work without authorization. Client also seeks recovery of damages for the license.

A2744-1-D: ADVICE ON OTHER CAUSES OF ACTION

Client, a photographer and musician, brought a negligence action in the Magistrate's Court against his neighbor and lost. Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney who can advise Client on whether another cause of action can be brought against the neighbor that would not be precluded by the negligence action, and if so, what Client’s next steps would be.

PRE-LITIGATION/LITIGATION

A1160-3-L: ENFORCEMENT OF SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

Client is a musician and former member of a musical group. Client received a lump-sum payment from his former group on settlement  of a trademark issue. The remainder of the settlement is due on a per performance basis by the defendants, who have been non-responsive. There is no court order regarding the settlement agreement. Client needs assistance in enforcing the remainder of the settlement.

A1809-2-L: MUSICIAN NEEDS ASSISTANCE WITH LITIGATION

Client has ongoing litigation regarding trademark ownership and alleged fraud. Client has outside counsel assisting them but needs an attorney to assist with litigation as the attorney is a solo practitioner.

TRADEMARK AND COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION

A2666-1-R: TRADEMARK AND COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION

Client has created a design mark that he has been applying to clothing and using to sell on social media for approximately four months. Client seeks assistance in registering the design as a trademark and under copyright.

A1430-3-R: CLIENT SEEKS TRADEMARK REGISTRATION FOR SLOGANS

Client seeks trademark registration for 3 slogans that have all been used in commerce for approximately 1 year. The slogans appear on both promotional materials and product packaging. Client's business serves Georgia customers and ships online orders out-of-state.

WILLS/TRUST/ESTATE

A2414-2-W: CONSERVATORSHIP AND GUARDIANSHIP OF PARENTS

Client, who has background in film and pre-med, seeks assistance in managing her parent’s estate. Client believes that her parents are suffering from the early stages of dementia and would like to assert control over her parent’s finances, manage their benefits, and make medical decisions for them.