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In a memoir, do I need worry about defamation/libel issues when writing about deceased persons or people in a different country?

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Can I used names of deceased, whether public or private figures?
Can I mention people in a different country, if I am writing a book in the U.S.?

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Deceased, no. You can't defame the dead.

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Defamation is a false statement of fact, and I'm sure you wouldn't want your memoir to be factually inaccurate, and deceased people can't be defamed.

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The answer is no and also the individual is deceased.

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