Graeme Posted April 6, 2014 Report Share Posted April 6, 2014 I'm looking for some guidelines on incorporating real-life people into stories. In particular, I'm talking about public figures, both minor and major. I recognise the difficulty in including someone who may have an objection to being included in a work of fiction, so there's the legal aspect that I'd like (non-binding) opinions on. I will be trying to write them in a way that is consistent with their public persona, but I recognise that I may not get it right and they may object. I believe that as a public figure there is a certain scope allowed in including them without express permission, but I'm not sure where the boundaries lie. Assuming that there's no legal problem or objection, what sort of disclaimer should be used in the story? The context is that I'm writing a story about a sporting club that is co-existing with the real-life sporting clubs here in Melbourne. I'm happy to make a lot fictitious or anonymous (eg. unnamed players, or players only referenced by a common first name), but there are certain well-known people who realistically would get involved with the situation that's unfolding. Not including them feels wrong (any local would wonder why they weren't involved), and including them makes me feel uncomfortable (I dislike putting words into someone else's mouth). I'm not sure what to do. Any advice? Quote Link to comment
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