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    Posted: 25 Jan 2019 at 11:58pm
Hi, I have included a disclaimer at the bottom of my story, however, I'm not sure if I need to do this for the challenge. Is anyone else considering a disclaimer? My disclaimer reads.. 

"DISCLAIMER:  This story is a work of fiction and is inspired by [object and names of people used for inspiration]. The story does not refer by name to any real person and does is not representative of any real place."


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I did not, but I cannot see why that would be a negative thing. Just be sure to edit your disclaimer, as it currently says "does is not". 

Unless you are over your 2500, I'd leave it. 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote TammyB Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jan 2019 at 9:34am
I don’t think that is needed. I’ve never seen that in a contest before
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I don't think it's needed. This is fiction, and the judges are not asked to investigate whether this is a roman à clef or not.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote jeanbrown Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jan 2019 at 5:38pm
I was just thinking about this, as my story is inspired by the short stories of Dorothy Parker and Daniel Orozco.   It's not plagiarism, my story plot, themes, etc are very different.  But I was inspired by Parker's free-flow-stream of conscious style and Orozco's awesome ability to make the ordinary challenging and subversive.  Should I acknowledge that with a disclaimer? 

"This story was inspired by the great work and voices of  Dorothy Parker and Daniel Orozco." for example ?
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Hi Jeanbrown, 

I don't think in your case any disclaimer is needed because using a style of writing inspired by another writer's style does not mislead readers into believing something that is fictitious about the other writer. 

However, my disclaimer was included because even though the place in my story really does exist, and the people who owned that place really did exist, the events that happened in the story did not really happen.


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However, after reading this post, I did go back and google my main character's name, to see if there was anyone with the same name that I might have inadvertently maligned. Luckily, there is no one named Ronald J. Trump.
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Originally posted by stephenmatlock stephenmatlock wrote:

However, after reading this post, I did go back and google my main character's name, to see if there was anyone with the same name that I might have inadvertently maligned. Luckily, there is no one named Ronald J. Trump.

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