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Is Eva Peron's life in the public domain?

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Helen_Davis
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Is Eva Peron's life in the public domain?

Postby Helen_Davis » Fri January 15th, 2010, 8:35 pm

I have a question- I ifound a quote on Margaret George's website that says getting permission from modern people's living relatives to write about them is nearly impossible- so should I ask for my money back from Booksurge that has published my book? It's being translated and possibly published in Argentina- am I in trouble? Or should I just keep this private like my fanfic and focus on my alternative history about Cleopatra?
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Divia
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Postby Divia » Fri January 15th, 2010, 10:39 pm

I'm not sure why you would need their permission to write about her anyway. She is, afterall, dead. And she is a historic figure. Some paint her in a positive light and others in a negative.

Besides, there are bios now that are written about living people that are unauthorized . How is this different? And your book is fiction. I say its fair game.
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LoveHistory
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Postby LoveHistory » Sat January 16th, 2010, 1:29 am

I agree with Divia, but if you want to be absolutely sure about something like this you need to ask a lawyer with a background in publishing and copyright issues.


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