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Donovan A Rodriques

Donovan A Rodriques

Business and Entertainment Attorney
  • Entertainment & Sports, Business Law, Intellectual Property
  • New York
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Summary

I am a business and entertainment attorney. I concentrate my practice in the area of film and television development, financing, production and distribution. I represent producers, talent, entertainment companies and entrepreneurs, including a number of startups and emerging companies in media, sports and entertainment technologies.

Practice Areas
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Business Law
  • Intellectual Property
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    First consultation up to 60 minutes
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
2nd Circuit
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Business & Entertainment Attorney
Rodriques Law, PLLC
- Current
He concentrates in the area of film and television development, finance, production and distribution. His principal clients include individuals and businesses in the film, television and music industries, including a number of start-ups in media, sports and entertainment technologies.
Education
Norman Manley Law School
CLE | CLE
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Edinburgh University School of Law
LL.M. | International Trade Law
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University of the West Indies
LL.B. (1999) | Law
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Professional Associations
New York State Bar
Member
- Current
Activities: Member of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
Publications
Articles & Publications
How to Obtain Indie Film Financing
NYSBA Fall/Winter 2013 Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Blog
Rodriques Law, PLLC blogs
Legal Answers
42 Questions Answered

Q. I'm writing a script from an idea given to me by a friend - how is the work treated from an ownership standpoint?
A: Depending on how well-developed the idea is and how much is used, you are the sole owner of the copyright in the script. You may give your friend "story by" credit. You should contact a qualified entertainment attorney to review all the facts.
Q. Am I able to trademark a stage name?
A: In general, yes.
Q. I own a Food business can I use my aunts( she has passed) name to brand an item - with out any issues?
A: You should be able to use your aunt's name, unless barred by some other principle of law, such as trademark infringement.
Q. A celebrity on a talk show states the virtues of a beauty product. There is no mention of a brand name......
A: You may quote her so long as it is not done in such a manner that implies celebrity's endorsement of your goods/services. You will need celebrity's permission to use her/his name and likeness in your catalog. You may also need permission from the talk show's owner to use the image captured from the show.
Q. If I paid an organization and they gave me a receipt but later they can"t locate or lost the payment, what do I do?
A: If the organization fails to fulfill their promised obligation, you may send them a demand letter and/or bring a claim for breach of contract.
Q. Is it a copyright infringement having a puppet sing a line from Whitney Houston song in a video for a nat'l contest?
A: It probably is. You should get clearance first. Best of luck!
Q. CAN OWNER#1 TAKE OWNER#2 OFF CORPORATION BANK ACCOUNT WITHOUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE OR CONSENT?
A: The corporate documents, such as shareholder agreement, bylaws and the bank account agreement will need to be reviewed regarding the rules in connection with the conduct of the officers and shareholders of the business. You should speak with a business attorney for advice.
Q. How would I successfully go about obtaining a stage name, that was filed/abandoned (is DEAD) 10+ years ago?
A: You will need to conduct a search to see if the mark is still in use. A trademark may be still valid at common law despite being listed as "dead" at the USPTO. If the mark is in use you may contact the owner for permission to use it, via a transfer of rights or trademark license. If the mark is not in use, you may use it.
Q. How is a work of fiction like The Walking Dead legally allowed to feature an organization like the CDC?
A: The particular use of the organizations may be "nominative fair use" or protected by First Amendment interests in artistic expression. Read the following article for an in depth analysis: http://rodriqueslaw.com/blog/how-use-brands-and-products-film
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