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Question about Libel


Meteo Xavier
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Ok, so I know that people can sue for big money if they don't like the way they're portrayed in print in the news, but what about fictional works like a character in a book named after them? Not much more positively identifying than that, but how does that work?

If they're copyrighted or a trademark you can get in just as much trouble.

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If you're just naming characters after people you know without the characters representing the people you know, then common names on their own can't normally be copyrighted or sued over.

Now if you are giving characters first and last names of people you know, that's walking a fine line, and if you are also making the characters look/act like their namesakes, well you better hope they don't find a reason to take you to court over it.

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No it isn't. The libelee can claim true innuendo.

And how would he or she do that if they didn't know it was based on them in the first place?

Example: My distant cousin writes a book. One of the characters is a bumbling retard named Rick Gregor. My name is J*** L******. I don't know that character's based on me because he never told me that, preliminary, he based it off me. I don't know, how would anyone else? What damage is done then?

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