Any Budding Pratchetts Out There???

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Postby Tonyblack » Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:43 am

I suppose that a disclaimer at the start stating that this is a work of fiction might go some way to protecting you. :?
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:44 am

I think you can get away with it if you have a weasel-word disclaimer - something like

All characters in this work, real or imaginary, bear no resemblance to or involvement in events that are happening now, have happenedin the past or could or are likely to happen in any multiverse of your choosing...
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Postby MrMrsHedgehog » Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:36 pm

Thanks all.
I think the disclaiimer must be the way to go.
Even though there are numerous examples of authors using real people and getting away with it, I get the impression that is only because the real people in question choose not to challenge them. Still looks like technically it could be libel, its just a matter of whether it is persued.
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Postby Doughnut Jimmy » Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:46 pm

I'm not a lawyer but I don't think you can commit libel in a work of fiction because there is an understanding that what you are writting isn't true,

which I guess the disclaimer is there to support
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Postby deldaisy » Mon Oct 11, 2010 7:19 pm

Well I have read ALL the pages of this thread.... and I'm still waiting for your next chapter Pooh..... hurry up!
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Postby poohcarrot » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:12 pm

If only you had made that comment 12 days earlier, DD. :roll:

I had a break for a month, then was deciding whether to continue or not. I gave myself to the end of September to make a decision. If I went for it I'd have to spend a lot of time on it. So I thoight I'd let fate decide. If anybody made a comment before the end of September I'd do it. Nobody did. So it's suspended until further notice. :D
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Postby Stumped » Fri Nov 12, 2010 7:54 pm

Ok, notice revoked! :lol: I write. Just for the fun of it really. I wrote three short stories for my school to raise money for charity (sixteen of us took part) as part of a fun event that the school set up so they could build a new gym and pool. Just some simple stories. I won a prize for them though! :D But I donated it to the charity. *humbled* So, come on PC! If you write the next chapter, maybe I'll write something too. :oops: Will there be any more competitions? Maybe for short stories??
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Postby Stumped » Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:36 pm

pooh, I was so hoping you'd do some more for the story! :( I've been looking forward...ALL WEEK...for an update. And...nada! :lol: Please, please, pleeeaaassseeeee x twenty gazillion can you start writing it again? I am a little too over enthusiastic? :lol:
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Postby poohcarrot » Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:34 pm

Who knows? Maybe one day. :P
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:36 pm

poohcarrot wrote:Who knows? Maybe one day. :P
:lol: That's Bernard Cornwell's standard reply on his website when people say such things as: "Hey Bernard, will you ever write more Starbuck books?" or "Hi Bernard, Have you ever thought of writing a book about Robin Hood?"

I've learned that it generally means 'NO!' :lol:
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Postby Maria » Sat Nov 20, 2010 10:25 am

:lol:
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Postby Faerel » Thu Dec 02, 2010 7:49 pm

:( I really wish I'd found this, say.... 6 months earlier. It would have been amazing to enter this competition!
Ah well, I'll just have to settle for enjoying this forum instead :D
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Postby Tonyblack » Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:03 pm

Welcome to the site, Faerel! :D
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Postby Penfold » Thu Dec 02, 2010 11:11 pm

Hellooo and welcome Faerel! :D
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Postby ShadowNinjaCat » Fri Dec 03, 2010 5:09 pm

Welcome Faerel :D
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