View Full Version : Will I get sued?

11-05-2006, 11:31 PM
I was in talks to secure the adaptation rights to a somewhat obscure non-fiction book that had a chapter in it about a little know crime.

Talks unfortunately are breaking down.

If i write a fictional script inspired by that particular crime (which has had many magazine and newspaper articles written about it over the years) will the author have grounds to sue me?

I liken what I want to do to what Paul Thomas Anderson did with Dirk Diggler/John Holmes in Boogie Nights.

11-06-2006, 10:35 AM
Is it based on someone's life or just a Bizarre type of crime? Criminals cannot profit from their crimes. Think about it this way, a CONVICTED arsonist that uses pre-wwII Zippo lighters couldn't SUCCESFULLY sue you (any one can sue anybody for anything:) )for making a movie about them. Or, if it is just bizarre crime, then you are all good.

11-06-2006, 10:39 AM
A "crime" would be in the public domain. You have the same First Amendment rights as the news media.

11-06-2006, 10:50 AM
Thanks all.