Referencing Well-known Criminals In Fiction...

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Referencing Well-known Criminals In Fiction...

Postby RunBuff » Fri May 23, 2014 12:44 pm

Hi,
I've decided to self-publish my novel later this summer. With this exciting challenge, I'm taking a hard look at certain elements in the story that would normally be left to an editor's judgement. For quick reference my novel can be summed by this log line: A vigilante computer hacker set her sights on a fraudulent Wall Street financier and discovers a shocking secret about her own past.

Now, in the story, to give it some texture and credence, I briefly reference four well-known hackers and their exploits from yesteryear, who made headlines and were wanted by the FBI. So, the question is, fictionalize them, or can I leave them as is? I have no problem rewriting the two paragraphs if it means avoiding potential legal issues.

Cheers,
Ty

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Re: Referencing Well-known Criminals In Fiction...

Postby pls » Fri May 23, 2014 8:20 pm

If these hackers have been successfully prosecuted for their crimes, you have nothing to worry about if you use their personages UNLESS you intentionally libel them.
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Re: Referencing Well-known Criminals In Fiction...

Postby RunBuff » Fri May 23, 2014 9:20 pm

Thanks, Paul. They were convicted and served time for their acts, and I only reference what they were charged and convicted for straight from archived news sources reporting at that time. Some have even had movies based on them, namely Kevin Mitnick.

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Ty


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