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I've written my first short story about playing baseball in my 50's.  It's basically for laughs.  Issue: I'm using the real names of my team mates and refer to members of a particular team.  Nothing libelous is written. However, for comedic effect, one could contend my characterizations are unflattering or, even, disparaging.  I do write in a couple sentences at the end about "How I misjudged people, etc."  Would this open me to a lawsuit?  Your advice?


You can not use the real names of people without their written consent.

Even if you did not write anything disparaging, the readers may interpret them in a dim light-- which is libelous.

You must get each person's written permission, or change the names to fictitious names.

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