Carlianna Dengel - Romano Law

Carlianna Dengel

Associate Attorney

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New York


Law School

Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, J.D.

Cardozo Law School at Yeshiva University, LL.M.


S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University



As an associate attorney at Romano Law, Carlianna primarily focuses on legal issues existing within the entertainment industry, including contractual disputes and intellectual property issues.  Before joining Romano Law, Carlianna was an associate attorney at Furgang & Adwar, LLP in New York and specialized in trademark law and entertainment law. 


Carlianna holds a J.D. from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, where she was an editor and contributing writer for the newspaper, Hearsay.  Most recently, Carlianna earned an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from Cardozo Law School at Yeshiva University, where she served as LL.M. Ambassador for the Cardozo Fashion Law Society.  She is admitted to practice in both New York and California and holds a CIPP/US license in data privacy. 


Prior to law school, Carlianna worked in the live music industry and in advertising.  She attended the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University in her hometown of Syracuse, NY. 


In her free time, Carlianna enjoys baking pastries, weightlifting, traveling for live music and designing jewelry.

Blog Entries

  • You’re Covered: When to Obtain a Compulsory Mechanical License

    Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower,” Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” and The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout” are among the most famous covers to have ever hit the airwaves.  Performing another musician’s work is a unique way to pay tribute to an artist while putting your own spin on a song you love.  If there is a

  • Life Rights Agreements – What You Need To Know

    Updated: May 24, 2022 You are a creative person who has found out about someone with a compelling story and you’d like to develop a book, TV show or film based on his or her life.  But in the middle of your excitement and creative rush, it hits you: “Maybe I need to get permission

  • Employee Protections in California: Whistleblowers and Retaliation

    Many states protect “whistleblowers” who report illegal conduct by employers, in an effort to encourage employees to speak up.  California, like New York and Florida, shields whistleblowers from retaliation under several state laws.  These statutes also allow employees to sue an employer and recover significant damages as a reward for providing information on unlawful activities.  Employers

  • Cover(ed) Band: How Performers and Venues Can Protect Against Copyright Infringement

    Updated: June 2, 2022 How can performers and venues hosting live cover music make sure they’re protected against copyright infringement? The short answer?  Most venues pay for public performance licenses from ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and/or GMR.  Bands performing live music, and the venues that host them, are sometimes unaware of the risks involved with not

  • Mariah on the Copyright Naughty List?  Not So Fast…

    As has been reported all over the media, Mariah Carey has been sued for copyright infringement over her Christmas chestnut, “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”  The plaintiff, songwriter Andy Stone, claims he wrote a song with the same title in 1989 that had “extensive airplay” in 1993, the year before Carey’s seasonal evergreen

  • What are the Dangers of Filing for a Trademark Without the Aid of an Attorney?

    Updated: June 24, 2022 When you decide to start a new business, one of the first steps is choosing its name, logo and slogan to serve as identifiers that will distinguish it from competitors.  These valuable, intangible assets make up your brand identity and it is essential to protect them.  Registering things like a brand

  • Appreciation or Appropriation?  Possible Copyright Infringement by the Hands of Tattoo Artist Kat Von D

    Tattoos are a form of self-expression and a visible assertion of body autonomy.  Many people seek certain tattoos for their relevance and connection to important pop-culture moments, like a celebrity portrait, character or inside joke from a TV show.  However, this concept may create trouble for tattoo artists who, in the process of fulfilling their

  • What to Know Before Starting a Skincare or Beauty Line

    There has never been a more lucrative time to start a skincare or beauty line.  Once you have an idea for that innovative skin cream formula or a revolutionary new lipstick, what should be your next steps?  Similar to when starting a fashion line, there are fundamentals to starting a business that skincare and beauty

  • Working “9 to 5” in California?  You May be Considered an Employee Under Assembly Bill 5

    Looking to hire an independent contractor in California for your business?  This now be more difficult to do, thanks to the state’s recent reclassification law, Assembly Bill 5 (AB5).  Here’s what you need to know about the new law and how it impacts employers and independent contractors.  What is Assembly Bill 5?  AB5 is a

  • Do You Have a Right of Publicity in Florida?

    How would you feel if someone tried to make money from your name or image without your consent?  This may sound like an issue that only concerns celebrities and public figures.  In reality even those who are not very well-known can experience this type of problem, which is why about half of the states in

  • Do You Have a Right of Publicity in California?

    If someone attempts to profit from your name or image without your consent, this can pose a serious issue.  You may think that you aren’t “famous” enough for this to happen.  However, this issue arises even with those who are not well-known, which is why about half of the states in the US, including Florida,

  • What Privacy and Publicity Rights Do Celebrities Have In New York?

    Updated: August 2, 2022 New York Civil Rights Law Sections 50 and 51 give individuals the right of publicity, allowing them to control the use of their name, image and likeness for commercial purposes.  While most people are afforded this right, it has particular significance for celebrities.  This is because the illegal use of a

  • What to Know Before Starting a Fashion Line

    Fashion lines come in all shapes and sizes: from those created by celebrities, to lines conceived by up-and-coming designers, to those crafted by established fashion houses.  While fashion is a creative and artistic industry, it is still important for designers to know the fundamentals of starting a new business.   If you’re thinking of starting your own

  • Selling Film Rights to Your Book

    Updated: September 16, 2022 With so many movies based on books, authors often dream about the possibility of selling the film rights to their work.  Though the process can be complicated, and, for various reasons, deals may not come to fruition, an experienced entertainment law attorney can help guide an author through the process and

  • What You Need to Know About Modeling Agency Contracts

    Update: September 16, 2022 Modeling can be an exciting career, but newcomers and professionals alike can be taken advantage of by agencies.  If you are a model, it is important to protect your interests by working with a reputable agency who can provide value to your career.  Second, recognize what your obligations are under the modeling

  • Chanel’s Trademark Troubles: A Fashion Faux Pas

    Few names in the world of fashion are as ubiquitous as Chanel.  Except for perhaps Dior or Prada, the brand and its iconic logo, comprised of interlinked Cs for its founder, Coco Chanel, are easily recognizable.  Easily recognizable, too, is the Chanel No. 5 fragrance, bottled in a clear rectangular glass container with a matching

  • Should You Trademark Your Business Name or Your Logo?

    Updated: September 20, 2022 The short answer in most cases is both. As a business owner, you may be looking to strengthen the protection of your brand – but you may not know the difference between trademark protection for your business name and your logo.  Should you trademark your business name and logo?  Business owners may

  • Attacking Illegal Streaming Under the Protecting Lawful Streaming Act

    Streaming services have exploded over the last few years, but their popularity has also led to a rise in copyright infringement crimes, also referred to as piracy.  It is estimated that 1 out of 5 US households uses an illegal pirate website or subscription network to stream content without paying the copyright owner for it.  A

  • What Is the Difference Between a Shopping Agreement or an Option Contract for Your Creative Work?

    If you have written a book or screenplay, you may be interested in turning it into a film, play or television series.  However, pitching a project to buyers or financiers can be challenging.  It can be helpful to work with a producer interested in either obtaining the right to “shop” the work or “option” the

  • Waiver Requirements in California Settlement and Separation Agreements

    A waiver or release of liability is a standard provision in many types of contracts, especially settlement and separation agreements.  For example, when an employee leaves a job, an employer will typically require the employee to sign a severance or separation agreement that waives their rights to sue and releases the employer from liability for

  • Do Employees Have a Right to a Lunch Break in California?

    Most employees expect to get a meal break, but employers may not necessarily be required to give one. It is important to understand the rules, as federal and California laws vary on whether an employee has a right to a lunch break, and if so, when and how they must be provided. Does California Require

  • What Is the California Family Rights Act?

    The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) is the state’s version of the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  It allows eligible employees to take up to twelve workweeks of unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons without jeopardizing their job security.  While the two laws are similar, generally, CFRA covers a wider group of

  • Nine Clauses To Include In Your Live Music Agreement

    You just booked the gig of a lifetime.  You’re getting your merchandise together, rehearsing your show and planning the best setlist, when the promoter calls to tell you she wants a live performance agreement in place.  Don’t panic!  Live performance agreements are an important way to provide clarity and manage expectations for the artist, promoter

  • Can Someone Use Your Trademark Without Permission Under the Fair Use Doctrine?

    If you have invested in building and marketing your brand, you do not want others to be able to use and profit from your work.  Trademark law provides important protections to brands.  Generally, third parties cannot use a trademark without the owner’s permission (such as obtaining a trademark license).  However, not every unauthorized use constitutes trademark infringement.  In

  • Patagonia’s Promise – How to Create a Socially-Responsible Business

    It is not often we see company heads put their philanthropic values over their financial priorities, but Patagonia founder and majority owner Yvon Chouinard would likely argue that his multi-billion-dollar business would be worth nothing if it folded on its mission to save the planet.  In a now viral September letter published to Patagonia’s website,

  • What is the Role of a Film Producer?

    WHAT DOES A FILM PRODUCER DO? Film productions involve many complex pieces and multiple parties, which is why there are often several individuals with the title of “producer.”  A film producer is the person who initiates, coordinates and manages the creation and production of a film.  Generally, the producer is involved throughout the entire process,

  • What You Should Know About Work for Hire

    Many people mistakenly believe that if they hire or employ someone to create something for them, the work is automatically considered a “work made for hire.”  Whether you own a small business and are engaging a graphic designer to develop website content, or a production company seeking a director for a new feature film, understanding

  • Deepfakes and Intellectual Property: What You Should Know

    Celebrity identities have been fraudulently manipulated in hyper-realistic videos, known as deepfakes, since the technology became widely available in 2017.  In October 2022, Bruce Willis denied claims made by a deepfake company that he had “sold the rights to his face” in an apparent bid to extend his acting career past his retirement.  Even though

  • Does Your Business Need Terms of Service and a Privacy Policy?

    Visit most websites and you are likely to see in the page footer mention of a privacy policy and terms of service (also known as “terms and conditions,” “terms of use” or simply “terms”).  These statements may also appear when you are registering for an online account, accessing restricted content, purchasing goods or services online, or

  • Breaking Down a Side Artist Agreement

    A side artist agreement is a contract, typically between the main artist (or sometimes the artist’s label) stating the terms under which a vocalist or instrumentalist is hired to perform on one or more tracks.  They are generally one-time employment contracts that establish that the side artist’s performance is a work-made-for-hire for the benefit of

  • What to Know When Hiring a WGA Writer

    The Writers Guild of America, known as the WGA, is a labor union that represents writers in television, film and new media.  Because the WGA negotiates collective bargaining agreements with studios and has secured many benefits, including guaranteed minimum salaries, residuals, writing credits, pensions and health plans, professional writers tend to be members of this

  • How Can Trade Dress Law Protect Your Products and Services?

    If you have done your due diligence as a business owner or designer, you’re probably already aware of the importance of trademarks and how they increase and protect your brand value.  Trade dress is a type of trademark that protects the distinctive overall look and feel of a product or service.  This may include elements

  • Here’s Looking at You, Kid.  What To Know Before Employing Minors in California

    Behind child actors such as Iain Armitage, and child influencers such as Ryan’s World and Niana Guerrero, there are the contracts that made their success possible.  California labor laws and the California Family Code require that contracts with minors include provisions to ensure that children are not exploited because of their youth.  While not every