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Character names the same as a book/blog?

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Thought I would post it here, only because I don't know where else to post it.

Cashmere and Cupcakes. Have you heard of that book? It is a non-fiction book about the how to's of entertaining. Only problem is Cashmere and Cupcake are the names of two of my PB MC's. Do you think I have crossed some sort of line here? Not same genre. Not same age group. Not even close to same subject. At first I thought that I absolutely had to change the names of my characters. But they fit. Can't think of anything else that would work nearly as well. Anyone had a similar problem?   :redtape
#1 - October 26, 2013, 01:28 PM

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Hi Jojocookie, I haven't had this problem and I haven't heard of the NF book but I think how to's and PB's are such a world apart I wouldn't think it would be a problem. Of course, I don't know how BIG the NF book are but I am assuming there are no characters in a how to book. Now if you were using say 'Mickey and Minnie' that would be a whole new ballgame :) In my opinion, I think you are fine. But hopefully someone with more knowledge will chime in.

Best of luck with it!
#2 - October 26, 2013, 01:38 PM
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I see that it's not just a book. Cupcakes and Cashmere started out as a lifestyle blog and then came the book, which no doubt could get published because she already had the platform. I wasn't able to see how many followers the blog has, but as it's current (2008-present) I'm guessing people who read your book (the parents, teachers, librarians, editors, not the kids) would make the connection. I believe you *can* do this -- it's not like you're lifting the names of licensed characters or anything, but I wonder if you want to. I'd think about it very carefully, and frankly, if it were me, I'd probably want to change the names.

Also, so that this topic gets better attention/discussion, I'm going to move it to Writing and rename it. I hope that's okay with you, jojocookie. :)
#3 - October 26, 2013, 03:44 PM
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 :thanks2 Thank you both for your input. I didn't know it was a blog also. Just saw the book. Truly something to think about.
#4 - October 27, 2013, 04:43 AM

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Yes, I would agree. I think it's not a problem, but if you are really worried about it, then go ahead and change one of the names.
#5 - October 27, 2013, 04:29 PM
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You can't copyright a name. The blog may be trademarked, but your characters wouldn't breach that unless the themes were similar too. Try looking up sales of the book. If it's not on any best seller lists, you're probably fine. Your child readers won't be familiar with the blog or book. If it is a bestseller, the book buyers (parents, teachers) may assume your title is related somehow. Lots to think about.
#6 - October 28, 2013, 10:57 AM
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