Friend of the Ood. (bork) wrote in little_details,
Friend of the Ood.

Name legalities.

Hey. Question on a name.

I'm writing a story that takes place in a contemporary, midsize city. The character has a very common name. Let's say it's set in Milwaukee, WI, and the name of the character is 'Peter Smith'.

What if there really is a Peter Smith living in Milwaukee? Could I conceivably get in trouble for this? Should I change the name so that it doesn't overlap with any real names in Milwaukee?

What happens in scenarios like this? Thanks.
Tags: ~names

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