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NO ONE KNOWS THE DANG ANSWERS TO THESE ????
« on: Jun 12th, 2006, 12:21am »
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I am having the darndest time finding an answer to my questions!! I am writing 2 non-fiction books and cannot find an answer to these questions - does anyone know?!
 
1. is it legal to use the real first name of people in your life and the events that actually happened to you without them being able to sue you? What are my rights to tell the truth about my life vs. their right to sue me if they don't like what I say? example: My 5th grade boyfriend Tom always wore girls underpants under his jeans.
 
2. Can I talk about my mother (who is still alive) even if it is in an unflattering light? Where does it become "sue-able"? I mean, people have written books on how their father molested them and weren't sued by the father... how do they get away with that?
 
3. Can I make references to celebrities in unflattering lights if it's an opinion I am stating: like "Kathy Bates is so fat, her body looks like a marshmellow. I think a man would rather cut it off than have **** with her." etc :-P
 
4. Can I give my opinion on other people's books? For example if I say "I didn't like reading "The Atkins Diet" it was boring and technical. The diet when I followed it made me feel sick to my stomach. I think it should be retitled to be called, "the sick to my stomach" diet?" etc :-P  
 
5. Can I use brand names of food example: I think Bisquick tastes better than eggo waffles.
 
6. If I have a disclaimer saying that this book is my opinion and that anyone reading it must take responsibility for their own actions can I assert opinions safely like: Drinking too much water causes colon cancer.
 
These are of course far fetched examples of what I really want to do but they get the point across. I will love you forever if you know the answers to any of them. Gosh, the fact that I am even asking makes me wonder if we really have free speech in america. Oh well, better safe than sorry! Thanks SO MUCH! You can post here or email me privately!
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Re: NO ONE KNOWS THE DANG ANSWERS TO THESE ????
« Reply #1 on: Jun 12th, 2006, 6:54am »
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Generally speaking, you can say truthful things about people using their real names.  You can also offer commentary and opinions about products and artistic works such as books and movies (that's what critics do for a living).  You may have liability for incorrect purported statements of fact.
 
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