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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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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
  • Free Consultation
    First consultation up to 60 minutes
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
2nd Circuit
  • 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.
Norman Manley Law School
Edinburgh University School of Law
LL.M. / International Trade Law
University of the West Indies
LL.B. / Law (1999)
Professional Associations
New York State Bar
- Current
Activities: Member of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
Articles & Publications
How to Obtain Indie Film Financing
NYSBA Fall/Winter 2013 Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal
Websites & Blogs
Rodriques Law, PLLC blogs
Legal Answers
39 Questions Answered

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!
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:
Q. What exact form do I need to have to give my power to someone to manage my business and bank account, signing checks etc
A: Your options may depend on your type of business entity and shareholder/member agreements currently in place. In general, you will need a power of attorney. Preferably, you may appoint the individual as a manager of the business, with all powers necessary to conduct the operations and business affairs.
Q. If someone has expressed interest in buying my company should I have them sign an NDA before we talk specifics?
A: In order to guard the proprietary information of the business, it is generally best practice to enter into a NDA before you begin to disclose specifics. Make sure to consult with a mergers and acquisitions lawyer regarding the specific considerations when negotiating an NDA.
Q. i have a idea for a video commercial in a specific industry can i copyright it before i pitch it to big companies?
A: It is usually wise to register the copyright in your work before pitching it. However, you cannot obtain a copyright in an idea. You can obtain a copyright in the original, creative expression of the idea, such as by adding vivid details of scene(s) or story (usually in the form of a treatment or script).
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