Arts Cases Available for Placement

January 23, 2020

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Client is nonprofit that has provided art-based therapy to low income children in the United States and around the world for 10 years. Client provides access to her materials to individuals who want to implement her methodology and curriculum. Client wishes to protect the methodology and curriculum from unauthorized use and seeks a template licensing or similar agreement to use before granting access to her materials.


Client, a lifelong musician who recently graduated from Georgia State University specializing in printmaking and illustration, signed a residential lease with Landlord (Adverse Party) with a one-year renewable term from April 1, 2019. AP made two verbal agreements with Client, agreeing to early termination without penalty, and to return Client's security deposit early. Landlord's spouse has recently been contacting Client concerning the lease, but is not a party to the agreement. Client seeks information on whether AP's spouse has any authority to deal with the lease, whether the verbal agreements are enforceable, and if not, what is the best course of action to terminate the lease early or at the end of the initial term.


Client has been a content creator in various medium for over 10 years and, for the past 17 years has been a full-time voluntary advocate for people living with HIV. Client signed a short term contract to work for Adverse Party.  Client was told by AP to cease to work and that the contract would continue when the AP had more work. Client wants to enforce the contract on its original terms.


Client, an actor and cyber security student, has been acting for many years. Client entered into a contract with a talent agency (Adverse Party) early in 2019. Client wishes to terminate the agreement as AP has failed to get her any auditions and her submission rate is very low. In addition, AP charged up-front fees for head shots, but hired unskilled individuals causing Client to spend additional sums to get professional head shots. Failing the ability to terminate, Client would like to understand her rights. Contract is subject to NC law.



Client is a songwriter, poet and children's book author. In 2012 Client entered into an agreement with a company (Adverse Party) to publish a book. AP provided a draft manuscript to Client for approval that was out of order. When Client brought the error to AP's attention, AP advised there was a charge to correct the version. Client did not have funds to pay for the corrected version and told AP to halt production. Client was advised that 1 copy had been sold and received a $6 check for royalties. Client reminded AP that there had been no final approval and to stop distributing his book. In late 2019, Client discovered that his book was being sold online. Client seeks termination of the contract, assistance in determining if his copyright was registered by AP and an accounting for any royalties owed.


Client, a music writer and producer, wrote and recorded a song that he registered with a performing rights organization (PRO) and with a company (AP) that promised to set up the song on various streaming services. Based on information received from the PRO and Google Analytics, Client believes the song has been played in the U.S. and several countries abroad, but Client has not received any royalties. Client would like an assessment  of and recovery of  any owed royalties.



Client is a graphic artist and actor who created an animated universe. Client registered copyright in a body of work including the characters from the animated universe. Client entered a collaborative agreement with AP in 2015 and several additional agreements. AP contributed first draft episodic scripts. Client and AP's relationship deteriorated and there has been no contact since 2017. Client no longer wants to work with AP and would like to move forward with development of a series. Client's previous attorney was unable to renegotiate the agreement and AP would not agree to mediation.