An internet writing group to which I belong recently had a lengthy discussion about the pitfalls of using recognized names and places in fiction. I generally say, except for the potential publicity from being sued, why take the chance. I say this even though I have swum in these waters in an unpublished manuscript. But then, my novel is about Fame.
I do not know in what manner Miss Johansson was depicted in this novel. The author is "stunned" by the law suit, and the little description I have read makes it seem the name usage is innocuous enough. But mine is not the name being used. Author beware. [DE]
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Scarlett Johansson sues French publisher over use of her name in a book
The ‘Avengers’ actress is seeking compensation and damages from a French publishing company after her name was used in the book ‘The First Thing We Look At,’ according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Scarlett Johansson is suing a French publishing company for using her name in a book without consent.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the "Avengers" actress is reportedly seeking compensation and damages from the "breach and fraudulent use of personal rights," after publisher JC Lattes printed Johansson's famous name in a novel.
Johansson, 28, is also seeking a ban on "future transfer of rights and adaptations" of the book, titled "The First Thing We Look At."