SimplyScripts Discussion Board
Blog Home - Produced Movie Script Library - TV Scripts - Unproduced Scripts - Contact - Site Map
ScriptSearch
Welcome, Guest.
It is July 22nd, 2017, 3:43am
Please login or register.
Was Portal Recent Posts Home Help Calendar Search Register Login
If you wish to join this discussion board, please send me a message. Please do read the guidelines that govern behavior on the discussion board. It will make for a much more pleasant experience for everyone. A word about SimplyScripts and Censorship
The July OWC Scripts Are Live!

Short Script of the Day | Featured Script of the Month | Featured Short Scripts Available for Production | Submit Your Script

How do I get my film's link and banner here?
All screenplays on the simplyscripts.com and simplyscripts.net domain are copyrighted to their respective authors. All rights reserved. This screenplaymay not be used or reproduced for any purpose including educational purposes without the expressed written permission of the author.
Forum Login
Username: Create a new Account
Password:     Forgot Password

SimplyScripts Screenwriting Discussion Board    General Boards    Questions or Comments  ›  Not getting sued
Users Browsing Forum
No Members and 1 Guests

 Pages: 1, 2 » : All
Recommend Print
  Author    Not getting sued   (currently 907 views)
Simon
Posted: February 12th, 2017, 11:06am Report to Moderator
Red


English, self taught comedy writer

Location
London
Posts
97
Posts Per Day
0.12
Hello, I'm self-publishing a book soon, and I was wondering if mentioning the following are ok... (If anyone is interested, I can give you a free copy).

1: Song titles/bands/celebrity names
2: Vladimir Putin, and other people like him
3: Website names
4: The houses of parliament, and what supposedly goes on inside of it

Thank youuu...


Read Expired Food by me, you'll love it. :O
Logged Offline
Private Message
eldave1
Posted: February 12th, 2017, 11:38am Report to Moderator
Yellow



Location
Southern California
Posts
2359
Posts Per Day
2.17

Quoted from Simon
Hello, I'm self-publishing a book soon, and I was wondering if mentioning the following are ok... (If anyone is interested, I can give you a free copy).

1: Song titles/bands/celebrity names
2: Vladimir Putin, and other people like him
3: Website names
4: The houses of parliament, and what supposedly goes on inside of it

Thank youuu...


Not a lawyer so I hesitate to comment and there are complications not addressed in your query.

Song titles are normally allowed - song lyrics are not. So if you are using a title where it is also a lyric (e.g., Jumping Jack Flash) - you may be in trouble. Exceptions would include where the line is common. As an example. if you have the line "Let it Be" in your dialogue - you are fine. If you have the line - speaking words of wisdom, let it be - you're screwed. If you have a character say I listened to Let It Be last night - you should be fine.

In terms of famous people - if you say - you look like Alec Baldwin - you are okay. If you say you abuse your children like Alec Baldwin, you could be facing liable issues.

Mentioning website names is generally okay - kind of the same approach for celebrity - it's the context.

Government (at least in the US) is the most fair game as it is considered public domain - assuming you are not revealing classified info. Hell, you get even use Trump's presidential portrait without permission because it is a public image.

Again - it is generally going to be dependent on the context in which you use these items.


My Scripts can all be seen here:

http://dlambertson.wix.com/scripts
Logged Offline
Site Private Message Reply: 1 - 24
Simon
Posted: February 12th, 2017, 11:51am Report to Moderator
Red


English, self taught comedy writer

Location
London
Posts
97
Posts Per Day
0.12
Ok, great thanks.


Read Expired Food by me, you'll love it. :O
Logged Offline
Private Message Reply: 2 - 24
Simon
Posted: February 12th, 2017, 11:57am Report to Moderator
Red


English, self taught comedy writer

Location
London
Posts
97
Posts Per Day
0.12
Oh yeah, is it ok to make fun of Putin?


Read Expired Food by me, you'll love it. :O
Logged Offline
Private Message Reply: 3 - 24
eldave1
Posted: February 12th, 2017, 12:00pm Report to Moderator
Yellow



Location
Southern California
Posts
2359
Posts Per Day
2.17

Quoted from Simon
Oh yeah, is it ok to make fun of Putin?


Not according to the people he poisoned

And - yeah. Think "The Interview"


My Scripts can all be seen here:

http://dlambertson.wix.com/scripts
Logged Offline
Site Private Message Reply: 4 - 24
Simon
Posted: February 12th, 2017, 12:16pm Report to Moderator
Red


English, self taught comedy writer

Location
London
Posts
97
Posts Per Day
0.12
Ohh, yeah. Ok, thanks again.


Read Expired Food by me, you'll love it. :O
Logged Offline
Private Message Reply: 5 - 24
Bogey
Posted: February 12th, 2017, 12:54pm Report to Moderator
Purple



Location
The Chair
Posts
242
Posts Per Day
0.15

Quoted from Simon
Oh yeah, is it ok to make fun of Putin?


Saturday Night Live does it every week.
Logged Offline
Private Message Reply: 6 - 24
eldave1
Posted: February 12th, 2017, 1:00pm Report to Moderator
Yellow



Location
Southern California
Posts
2359
Posts Per Day
2.17

Quoted from Bogey


Saturday Night Live does it every week.


And well!


My Scripts can all be seen here:

http://dlambertson.wix.com/scripts
Logged Offline
Site Private Message Reply: 7 - 24
Simon
Posted: February 12th, 2017, 1:25pm Report to Moderator
Red


English, self taught comedy writer

Location
London
Posts
97
Posts Per Day
0.12
How do you work out who's ok to make fun of, then?


Read Expired Food by me, you'll love it. :O
Logged Offline
Private Message Reply: 8 - 24
eldave1
Posted: February 12th, 2017, 2:02pm Report to Moderator
Yellow



Location
Southern California
Posts
2359
Posts Per Day
2.17
Simon - there are no simple yes or not answer to your questions. It is a complex. But it is easy to research. For example: this:


http://kellywarnerlaw.com/satire-v-defamation/


My Scripts can all be seen here:

http://dlambertson.wix.com/scripts
Logged Offline
Site Private Message Reply: 9 - 24
Simon
Posted: February 12th, 2017, 2:08pm Report to Moderator
Red


English, self taught comedy writer

Location
London
Posts
97
Posts Per Day
0.12
Ah. Is calling Ozzy Osbourne a fruitcake ok? It's kind of what he tries to portray himself as...


Read Expired Food by me, you'll love it. :O
Logged Offline
Private Message Reply: 10 - 24
Simon
Posted: February 12th, 2017, 2:08pm Report to Moderator
Red


English, self taught comedy writer

Location
London
Posts
97
Posts Per Day
0.12
I'll read the link then...


Read Expired Food by me, you'll love it. :O
Logged Offline
Private Message Reply: 11 - 24
Cooper
Posted: February 15th, 2017, 11:54pm Report to Moderator
Red



Posts
60
Posts Per Day
0.27
From a random website:

"Public figures have a more difficult time proving defamation. Politicians or celebrities are understood to take some risk in being before the public eye and many of them profit by their public persona. A celebrity must prove that the party defaming them knew the statements were false, made them with actual malice, or was negligent in saying or writing them. Proving these elements can be an uphill battle. However, an outrageously inaccurate statement that's harmful to one's career can be grounds for a successful defamation suit, even if the subject is famous. For example, some celebrities have won suits against tabloids for false statements regarding their ability to work, such as an inaccurate statement that the star had a drinking problem."

Hope this is helpful!


My feature comedy script (crude, funny): Super Slacker.

My drama pilot (slick, sexy): The Wolf.

My first short (a goofy experiment): The Three Little Pricks (and the Big Bad Wolf).
Logged Offline
Private Message Reply: 12 - 24
Simon
Posted: February 16th, 2017, 4:16am Report to Moderator
Red


English, self taught comedy writer

Location
London
Posts
97
Posts Per Day
0.12
Yep, thanks...


Read Expired Food by me, you'll love it. :O
Logged Offline
Private Message Reply: 13 - 24
TonyDionisio
Posted: February 16th, 2017, 7:57am Report to Moderator
Green


Damnit, get to the point!

Location
New York
Posts
767
Posts Per Day
0.55
As someone I know recently told me...

"You haven't arrived in the industry until you're suing someone."

She did give me permission to use the phrase. As a writer, one always looks to arm-up with sayings.
Logged Offline
Private Message Reply: 14 - 24
 Pages: 1, 2 » : All
Recommend Print

Locked Board Board Index    Questions or Comments  [ previous | next ] Switch to:
Was Portal Recent Posts Home Help Calendar Search Register Login

Forum Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post polls
You may not post attachments
HTML is on
Blah Code is on
Smilies are on


Powered by E-Blah Platinum 9.71B © 2001-2006