Writing Books/Libel Law...My idea may be plagiarism
I asked you a couple of questions about how to start writing a book about 3 months ago. At that time, i had an idea in my head, and now i have 200,000 words on paper. YAY
Anyway, my question is thus: I have given the nickname "Bel" to one of my characters, but there is a series by David Eddings called the Belgariad that uses this name to a massive extent. It is not an Eddings original, but a real name (it means "sun" in Gaelic i think). Anyway, i am using the name in the same context as Eddings has, but i did not do it intentionally, i just wanted a name that meant "sun." Am i able to use this name still, or is it better left alone?
I am not a copyright attorney. Let me repeat that, I am not a copyright attorney. That being said, a dramatic title or a character's name cannot be copyrighted, so far as I know. I seriously suggest you visit the U.S. Government Copyright web site and study it carefully for your facts. Again, I am not a copyright attorney. http://www.loc.gov/copyright/