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  1. affweiszu

    affweiszu New Member

    Aug 30, 2012
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    Hi there! I'm a newbie and have a few questions.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by affweiszu, Aug 30, 2012.

    Hello all,

    I just started my first book on the fundamentals of basketball. I want to make this a series for both players and coaches (separate books). My first and most interesting question is about using peoples names within the context of these books.

    For instance: I want to use a comparison between Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Can I use their names without this being a copyright infringement? If this is my opinion, would I have to site or have a disclaimer or something?

    I'm about 3 chapters into the first book for players.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Banzai

    Banzai One-time Mod, but on the road to recovery Contributor

    Mar 31, 2007
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    Reading, UK
    Welcome to Writing Forums, affweiszu!

    I hope you find what you're looking for here, whatever your interests in writing.

    This forum aims to provide the best workshopping resources on the internet, and to that end we have a few rules which you should familiarise yourself with before you get stuck in. The main section of the site is the Writing Workshop, where members can post their writing in order to receive critique of their work.

    However, before we allow members to post their work, they must have met some basic requirments. Firstly, you must have been a member for fourteen days, and have made twenty posts on the forum overall (please note, posts in Word Games do not count towards this). This is so that members, when they post their work, have familiarised themselves with the forums and contributed to them (as well as hopefully learned something for themselves). Secondly, members must provide two constructive reviews of other people's work for each piece of their own that they wish to post. This is because we believe that the focus of workshopping should be equally upon giving reviews as receiving them, as they allow a writer to practice and improve their editing skills, which they can then apply to their own writing.

    Beyond the Writing Workshop, you will find that we have extensive forums for discussion of aspects of writing, as well as a community area for general discussion. We also run periodic short story and poetry contests, which are good for challenging yourself and expanding your skills.

    If you have any questions or problems, then the moderators (myself, Cogito, Lemex and Dante Dases) should be your first port of call. Any technical problems with the site itself should be directed to Daniel, the site administrator and owner. I would recommend you have a look over the rules so that you know what to expect, and what is expected. But aside from that, I hope you enjoy your time here.


    P.S. Names can't be copyrighted. If you're referring to real people, though, you may need to be wary of defamation law.
  3. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Nov 21, 2006
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    Coquille, Oregon
    ditto that last part... you should be asking a literary attorney this question, not members of a writing site... ['cite' is what you do to show where/who something came from]

    meanwhile, WELCOME!

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