Is it alright to mention celebrities?

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Is it alright to mention celebrities?

Post by poptart » August 11th, 2012, 7:08 am

Hi Nathan
I'm involved with putting together a humorous non-fiction book which will hopefully be published later this year. I wondered what is the legal situation regarding mentioning the names of celebrities. The book is clearly meant to be funny and not factual, but I'm worried in case anyone named takes offence.
Any thoughts on this would be very helpful.
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Re: Is it alright to mention celebrities?

Post by Nathan Bransford » August 12th, 2012, 11:44 pm

poptart wrote:Hi Nathan
I'm involved with putting together a humorous non-fiction book which will hopefully be published later this year. I wondered what is the legal situation regarding mentioning the names of celebrities. The book is clearly meant to be funny and not factual, but I'm worried in case anyone named takes offence.
Any thoughts on this would be very helpful.
Thanks, Sandra
Humorous nonfiction that's not factual? Not quite sure what you mean.

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Post by poptart » August 13th, 2012, 2:14 am

It's a kind of fake dictionary of made up words and their humorous definitions.
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Re: Is it alright to mention celebrities?

Post by Nathan Bransford » August 17th, 2012, 12:07 pm

poptart wrote:It's a kind of fake dictionary of made up words and their humorous definitions.
Oh ok I see. Please bear in mind that I'm not an attorney but satire of celebrities is usually okay. It shouldn't stop you from querying agents because if you find a publisher they will probably vet it before publishing, but if you plan to self-publish you might want onto seek the advice of a legal professional.

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Post by poptart » August 17th, 2012, 12:25 pm

Nathan Bransford wrote:
poptart wrote:It's a kind of fake dictionary of made up words and their humorous definitions.
Oh ok I see. Please bear in mind that I'm not an attorney but satire of celebrities is usually okay. It shouldn't stop you from querying agents because if you find a publisher they will probably vet it before publishing, but if you plan to self-publish you might want onto seek the advice of a legal professional.
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