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heir's rights to a story


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Posted by Leigh on November 16, 1999 at 13:17:54:

I am working on an original screenplay. The main character and 75% of the supporting characters are original to me. The problem is, the story follows these characters through a series of events very similiar to events that actually happened in a similiar town. Example: A group of elederly widows begin researching the cases their dead husbands were unable to solve when they were police officers. The case in question is a child beauty queen is found murdered in her home. Would this situation require me to get the approval of the JonBenet Ramsey family?
The moral of the story is, "how similiar is too similiar?" and when do survivors have posession of the rights to the life stories of relatives?


thanks so much,
Leigh


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