Chances are, you’re not the only character in your book. Here’s what every memoir writer needs to know about invasion of privacy, defamation and the law.
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you should take special care that you’re not risking an invasion of privacy or defamation charge.
by Amy Cook
Many writers worry their work isn't protected unless they use a copyright symbol or file with the Copyright Office. Learn when and how your work is protected, and exactly what that means.
Pinpoint issues to resolve before getting involved in a co-authoring situation, and learn how to write under a pseudonym.
You can't win if you don't enter. But before you do, take a close look at what "winning" really means.
Find out if you can use trademarks in your story, and discover the difference between copyright infringement and parody.
Basing a fictional character on a real person or including family secrets in your memoir could land you in court.
Beware the slinging of slang: One man's compliment may be another man's defamation suit.
Use real people, places and things in your writing without getting into trouble.
Find out if you need individual liability insurance, and learn how to protect yourself from libel or invasion of privacy claims.
The Freedom of Information Act allows you access to an array of documents to help you research your next story. Here, WD's legal expert tells you how to get them.