1. TheDarkWriter

    TheDarkWriter Active Member

    Jul 27, 2012
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    Worried this character might be seen as a rip off.

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by TheDarkWriter, Mar 29, 2018.

    So my MC's love interest she's inspired by my favorite actress and the character she plays in my favorite show. She's similar to the character the actress plays but is also different. Ways she's similar is she's an assassin and has a similar code name to the other character. I also named my character after the actress and the character's last name is a nod to the fact that she's inspired by the other character. I'm just worried she's too similar and I'm worried about copy write.
  2. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Contributor

    Jul 5, 2010
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    California, US
    Copyright could be an issue, though copyright in a character itself is a bit more difficult for a rights owner to establish than in some other instances. You potentially have a right of publicity problem, though, if the character is named after the actress and readily identifiable as that person.
  3. big soft moose

    big soft moose An Admoostrator Staff Supporter Contributor Community Volunteer

    Aug 1, 2016
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    I doubt you can copyright a name (unless its a trademark like Mickey Mouse)

    Female assassins are a bit of a trope anyway - pretty much starting with La Femme Nikita, through Alias etc to Scarlet Johansen as the Black widow so its unlikely one can claim copyright on the character (and you can't copyright an idea anyway),

    Imo a larger problem is if its too obviously a rip off you'll get shit reviews from readers even if you avoid legal consequences. May be change the name or the code name or both ... problem solved
  4. GlitterRain7

    GlitterRain7 Galaxy Girl Contributor

    Jun 24, 2017
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    I think the name thing could cause problems. Is there a reason you're naming the character in question that? If it's just because of your favorite actress and character I'd change it.

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