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Write about real life? I mean if there is an actor in real life, can we talk about him or her in the story? Same with songs, other stories, etc?
Lol! Talk about random!
Course you are. You can write anything with conforms with the Terms and Conditions of this site.
And yes, using actors may be offensive, but it's not a taboo as long as you're being realistic.
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Lol, that's not what I mean. I don't mean copy it, I mean like in a joke or scenario. For instance, a character is talking another character out of a fight, and he says, "this will go as badly as the fight with that Russian guy and Appolo Creed"
Sorry, I was trying to cover more bases than just the original question.
You can refer to a public figure as long as it does not extend to slander (libel). If the person objects to statements you have presented as fact, you could face a libel suit, in which case you would be required to prove the truth of your statement to the judge; the person you write about would not be reqiuired to prove it was false.
Even if you prevailed in court, the time and money lost in defending yourself could be staggering.
On the other hand, the celebrity could suffer from the bad publicity of a trial as well.
Just something to keep in mind if you do use real, identifiable persons in your stories.
WHAT ABOUT IF A CHARACTER HAS A SHIRT THAT SAYS "VOTE FOR pEDRO"? Sorry for the caps.
Separate names with a comma.