posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 02:02 AM
reply to post by TheKeyMaster
What if at the end of the movie I had someone wake up and it was all a dream? That is what I need.. some kind of loophole..
You should read that article. The law states that libel only applies if the character is outright discernible. In other words, if you use no means to
disguise them. You can write about real people, but not say anything negative.
So if you are writing about a mayor, you could change that to city councillor. If they are a woman, you can make them a man. It depends on the story
you are telling because some facts will be necessary to mirror for the story to make sense.
ie: A story about a woman during child birth wouldn't make sense if it was a male character.
Here is another blog post on the subject:
When an author wants to draw from a real person as the basis for a fictional character, there are two relatively "safe" courses of action from a
legal perspective: First, the author may make little or no attempt to disguise the character, but refrain from any defamatory and false
embellishments on the character's conduct or personality; second, the author may engage in creative embellishments that reflect negatively on the
character's reputation, but make substantial efforts to disguise the character . . . to avoid identification. When an author takes a middle ground,
however, neither adhering perfectly to the person's attributes and behavior nor engaging in elaborate disguise, there is a threat of defamation
Maybe you can give us some hints. Is the story centred at the local, township level. Does it have a national, international focus?
Does it involved branches of government? Etc.
This will be helpful as well www.independentproducerhandbook.co.uk...
And it should be noted, as far as I know, the Government cannot sue for libel as they have no business reputation to uphold. They are public.
In the case of an individual, it is about an individuals rights, and business, a business' rights. The Government is yours to have fun with in