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Old September 26th, 2003, 11:35 AM   #1
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Using nicknames

I'm thinking about doing a story about something that happened in the 70's, I won't go into details right now. I want to use the people involved nicknames. Would there be any problem in doing that? I have no idea where some of these people are anymore. Do you need permission to use a nickname?

Without a doubt some people will be able to watch the (hopefully) film and say "Hey thats me"!! I'm thinking maybe I could swap a few nicknames around to avoid any problems.
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Old September 29th, 2003, 02:40 PM   #2
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Either I stumped everone or it's a really stupid question!! I got a e-mail from a guy about it. It must be ok then!
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Old October 6th, 2003, 05:39 AM   #3
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I think this one was answered before in this forum. If I recall
correctly it seems to depend on how close the match is
(subjective issue!). You might be okay I think if someone thinks,
hey, I had a similar experience. If the person knows 100%
you are talking about him and it is something they don't like
you might be in trouble.... Using different names then actual
names is always a good idea. Don't swap the real names
around, make fake ones.
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Old October 6th, 2003, 10:04 AM   #4
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Bob, I think Rob is right. I also remember a discussion similar to this one sometime earlier this year. Do a serch for nicknames and you might find what you need.
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