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Old May 8 2013, 09:07 PM   #18
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Re: How characters received their names

Christopher wrote: View Post
. . . It's related to the disclaimer you always see, "The characters in this show are fictitious and any resemblance to any individual, living or dead, is purely coincidental." It's a hedge against lawsuits for defamation in case someone thinks a fictional character is based on them and portraying them in a bad light, or otherwise undermining their ability to earn a livelihood.
Those disclaimers seem pretty silly in an obvious film à clef like The Rose or The Greek Tycoon. Of course, a different standard applies in the case of portraying public figures, whether or not the names have been changed to protect the guilty.
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