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Date and Location

December 7, 2023
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET


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​Writing about real people can raise a number of complicated legal issues for authors. Laws governing defamation, privacy, and rights of publicity have a number of fact-specific rules, exceptions, and exceptions to exceptions that can be difficult to navigate without help. Authors Alliance has found that these issues can be an obstacle to creation for all types of authors, from bloggers to narrative nonfiction authors to historians, cultural anthropologists, and other scholarly authors.

As part of its highly used series of guides on legal issues for authors, Authors Alliance has created “Writing about Real People” for nonfiction authors. This latest guide covers three main legal issues:

  • False statements and portrayals (e.g., defamation).
  • Invasions of privacy.
  • Rights of publicity and identity rights

The guide includes substantial practical guidance, addressing issues such as permission, documenting your research and working with an IRB.

Attendees of this event will learn more about the guide and what it covers; how authors may use it in their work; and more about plans Authors Alliance has for accompanying materials, such as one-page summaries for quick reference.

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