Reading Between the Lines

TitleReading Between the Lines
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsConnolly, P, Althaus, RA, Brinkman, A, Skipper, RB
Corporate AuthorsAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics,
Date Published03/2012
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
Keywordshumanities , INTELLECTUAL property , Media Studies
AbstractWriters are encouraged to write about what they know to give their work authenticity. The fear of lawsuits, however, gives writers pause when they portray real people or create characters from them. Recently Kathryn Cooper, the author of the best selling book "The Help" was sued by her brother's nanny Ablene Cooper. Ms. Cooper claims that Stockett based one of the books main characters, Abilene Clark, on her without her permission. Ms. Cooper claims that the portrayal humiliated and demeaned her. Stockett claims only to have met Ablene Clark only briefly and to have actually based the character on her own beloved nanny, Constantine.
NotesCase study from the March 1, 2012 APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Copyright, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2012.
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