Re: RARA-AVIS: Beiderbecke and YOUNG MAN: Guthrie

From: Al Guthrie (
Date: 16 Sep 2002

----- Original Message ----- From: "Mark Sullivan" <>

> I've got to agree with Todd that the disclaimer smacks of the standard
> "any persons living or dead" quote that seems only to be placed on
> books, movies, TV shows that are clearly based on real people and
> events. Law & Order has a variation, something like: "Although based on
> real events, . . ." Would a disclaimer like that actually work in
> staving off lawsuits? Somehow I doubt it.

I'm not a lawyer, so I could be wrong, but my understanding is that libel applies to the living, not the dead. Beiderbecke died in 1931. "Young Man" was written in 1938. Dorothy Baker could write what she wanted with impunity. As I say, I could be wrong.


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