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Defamation Of Character

Postby Inigo » Wed May 14, 2014 11:21 am

I'm writing a nonfiction book that exposes potentially damaging  corruption within a large publically-funded program. I cite references throughout to back up my position. Some of my material is based on news articles quoting public officials and program managers. If the material I use is from credible news media sources, can I be held liable for their misstatements? Also, will you recommend a few websites or books that might provide me further information?
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Defamation Of Character

Postby Ataya » Sun May 25, 2014 11:44 am

Thanks for your question, Bea.

I'm not a lawyer, but I know this: Anyone can sue anyone over anything. Whether the suing party wins is another matter.

Here is an excellent article on your question: http://www.publishlawyer.com/carousel4.htm. The research librarian at your local library or bookstore might be able to suggest books on the topic of publishing liability. Your best bet is to consult an attorney knowledgeable in this specialty.

Best wishes for every success.
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