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I have an idea for a non-fiction books about different types of mothers.  I would like to begin each chapter with a discussion of a particular TV mom, and possibly name each chapter after a mom as well.  (Think June Cleaver, Rosanne Connor, etc.)  Is this legal?  I don't want to use any direct quotes, but rather the persona of the character.  Any help you can give will be much appreciated.



Dear Susan,

That's a really innovative, unique take on a "mother-related" book! I really like your angle there!

You can certainly write "The June Cleaver Mom" or "The Rosanne Connor Mom" as these are fictional characters and as such are not licensed or copyrighted in any manner -- thanks for asking, though -- always better to be safe than sorry --

All Best,
Catherine Van Herrin  

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