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3rd Feb '17 1:24:02 PM SeptimusHeap
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* ''Literature/WetDesertTrackingDownATerroristOnTheColoradoRiver'': The book includes a disclaimer:
-->"This is a work of fiction. Although many of the places referenced in the book are real, some characteristics have been changed to fit the story. Some real and historical characters and events have been included to enhance the story. However, the characters and events in this book are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental."
23rd Jan '17 2:52:15 PM margdean56
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* A novel involving, among other things, ''the author having the Virgin Mary as a house guest'' has - in small print, on the looseleaf - "this novel is a work of fiction". Except that Mary and the author explicitly discuss the fact that the author would never be able to publish it as truth.

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* A novel involving, among other things, ''the author having the Virgin Mary as a house guest'' has - -- in small print, on the looseleaf - flyleaf -- "this novel is a work of fiction". Except that Mary and the author explicitly discuss the fact that the author would never be able to publish it as truth.



** ''Write This Book: A Do-It-Yourself Mystery'', a latter book by Bosch, has a normal version of the disclaimer. There is, however, a label before it reading "Traditional (and absolutely completely totally sincere) disclaimer."

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** ''Write This Book: A Do-It-Yourself Mystery'', a latter later book by Bosch, has a normal version of the disclaimer. There is, however, a label before it reading "Traditional (and absolutely completely totally sincere) disclaimer."



* ''Literature/GoAskAlice'' is marketed as being the real-life diary of a girl who died due to drug abuse, but was actually a fictional story either written or edited by Beatrice sparks. [[http://www.snopes.com/language/literary/askalice.asp According]] to ''{{Website/Snopes}}'', however, it plays this trope entirely straight by having this on its copyright page: "This book is a work of fiction. Any references to historical events, real people, or real locales are used fictitiously. Other names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of the author's imagination, and any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental."

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* ''Literature/GoAskAlice'' is marketed as being the real-life diary of a girl who died due to drug abuse, but was actually a fictional story either written or edited by Beatrice sparks.Sparks. [[http://www.snopes.com/language/literary/askalice.asp According]] to ''{{Website/Snopes}}'', however, it plays this trope entirely straight by having this on its copyright page: "This book is a work of fiction. Any references to historical events, real people, or real locales are used fictitiously. Other names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of the author's imagination, and any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental."
23rd Jan '17 2:43:02 PM margdean56
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Some form of this disclaimer can be found at the front of nearly every novel out there as well as in the credits of most films and TV episodes. It's an attempt to stave off libel suits; it seems to have been originated as a response to a suit against the makers of the 1932 film ''Rasputin and the Empress'' by a Russian princess who believed one of the characters to have been modeled on her.[[note]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Yusupov More precisely Princess Irina of Russia, the only niece of the last tsar, who was married to Rasputin's murderer, Prince Felix Yusupov]] [[/note]] Think of it as the more professional equivalent of IDoNotOwn, though with more legal force.[[note]]IDoNotOwn admits that the characters, etc. portrayed are someone else's intellectual property and used without permission: it's basically saying "It's Main/FairUse because I don't pretend it's mine" and it doesn't do much legally. This trope has nothing to do with intellectual property, and it's basically saying "if some of this seems RippedFromTheHeadlines, it wasn't intentional", so it has more legal significance.[[/note]]

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Some form of this disclaimer can be found at the front of nearly every novel out there as well as in the credits of most films and TV episodes. It's an attempt to stave off libel suits; it seems to have been originated as a response to a suit against the makers of the 1932 film ''Rasputin and the Empress'' by a Russian princess who believed one of the characters to have been modeled on her.[[note]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Yusupov More precisely Princess Irina of Russia, the only niece of the last tsar, who was married to Rasputin's murderer, Prince Felix Yusupov]] [[/note]] Think of it as the more professional equivalent of IDoNotOwn, though with more legal force.[[note]]IDoNotOwn admits that the characters, etc. portrayed are someone else's intellectual property and used without permission: it's basically saying "It's Main/FairUse because I don't pretend it's mine" and it doesn't do much legally. This trope has nothing to do with intellectual property, and it's basically saying "if some of this seems RippedFromTheHeadlines, it wasn't intentional", so it has more legal significance.[[/note]]
21st Jan '17 11:43:41 AM R.G.
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** The sequel, "Film/ILlNeverHeilAgain", has a similar intro: "The characters in this picture are fictitious. [[ThoseWackyNazis Anyone resembling them]] is better off dead."

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** The sequel, "Film/ILlNeverHeilAgain", sequel,"[[Recap/TheThreeStoogesIllNeverHeilAgain I'll Never Heil Again]]" has a similar intro: "The characters in this picture are fictitious. [[ThoseWackyNazis Anyone resembling them]] is better off dead."
21st Jan '17 11:37:55 AM R.G.
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** The sequel, "Film/IllNeverHeilAgain", has a similar intro: "The characters in this picture are fictitious. [[ThoseWackyNazis Anyone resembling them]] is better off dead."

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** The sequel, "Film/IllNeverHeilAgain", "Film/ILlNeverHeilAgain", has a similar intro: "The characters in this picture are fictitious. [[ThoseWackyNazis Anyone resembling them]] is better off dead."
21st Jan '17 11:35:56 AM R.G.
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** The sequel, "Film/I'llNeverHeilAgain," has a similar intro: "The characters in this picture are fictitious. [[ThoseWackyNazis Anyone resembling them]] is better off dead."

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** The sequel, "Film/I'llNeverHeilAgain," "Film/IllNeverHeilAgain", has a similar intro: "The characters in this picture are fictitious. [[ThoseWackyNazis Anyone resembling them]] is better off dead."
21st Jan '17 11:34:19 AM R.G.
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** The sequel, "Film/IllNeverHeilAgain," has a similar intro: "The characters in this picture are fictitious. [[ThoseWackyNazis Anyone resembling them]] is better off dead."

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** The sequel, "Film/IllNeverHeilAgain," "Film/I'llNeverHeilAgain," has a similar intro: "The characters in this picture are fictitious. [[ThoseWackyNazis Anyone resembling them]] is better off dead."
21st Jan '17 11:33:14 AM R.G.
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** The sequel, "I'll Never Heil Again," has a similar intro: "The characters in this picture are fictitious. [[ThoseWackyNazis Anyone resembling them]] is better off dead."

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** The sequel, "I'll Never Heil Again," "Film/IllNeverHeilAgain," has a similar intro: "The characters in this picture are fictitious. [[ThoseWackyNazis Anyone resembling them]] is better off dead."
2nd Jan '17 4:30:32 PM WilliamRadarStorm
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Do not confuse with the... [[http://armorgames.com/play/11103/this-is-a-work-of-fiction unusual game]] which shares a name with this trope.
21st Oct '16 2:41:46 PM JMQwilleran
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* The Creator/RosemaryWells picture book ''Otto Runs for President'' makes sure it's covered legally throughout time. "The following is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to any person running for office in the past, present, or future is entirely coincidental."
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