Q: I have already asked this question. How do I use a person's name in a screenplay without asking for permission?
I need to mention this person in the screenplay I am writing. Can I change the name and use it?
A: You have asked this same question on at least 7 postings on Justia. First, it is not Copyright. A private person's name is not copyrighted. So when you post over and over and over again in Copyright, the notices of your posting never go to attorneys handling claims of defamation, which is your real issue. If you are talking about "Prince" or "John Wayne" (when he was alive), these names may be copyrighted because they were stage names. But the real issue for your purported plan is whether you expose yourself to a defamation lawsuit, which is what Mr. Cogan was addressing in the answer to your other post on this the same day. So here is the deal, several attorneys have gently told you there are potential problems. I will be more blunt, DON'T DO IT. You are asking for more problems than you seem to be ready to handle. DON'T DO IT because if you have to pay an attorney to defend the defamation lawsuit, you will spend more than $100,000.00.
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