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Donovan A RodriquesBusiness and Entertainment Attorney
- Entertainment & Sports Law, 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.
- Entertainment & Sports Law
- Business Law
- Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
- Intellectual Property
First consultation up to 60 minutes
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- New York
- 2nd Circuit
- English: Spoken, Written
- 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
- CLE | CLE
- Edinburgh University School of Law
- LL.M. | International Trade Law
- University of the West Indies
- LL.B. (1999) | Law
- 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
- Can a WGA Signatory Hire Non-WGA Writers?
March 31, 2023
- New York Right Of Privacy Has Its Limits
August 21, 2018
- Film Finance Recoupment For Private Equity Investors
May 16, 2018
44 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. If a nonprofit owns a film, but gives a portion of the revenue to the filmmakers, who truly owns it?
- A: How does the agreement between the filmmakers and nonprofit treat the issue of ownership of the film? How do you know the nonprofit owns it? Are there any documentation evidencing copyright ownership of the film?
- 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.
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