I am about to self-publish (through CreateSpace) a novel. In the novel I make brief mention of several films, book, and products. For example, someone in the novel says, "You don't sound like Rocky." Do I have to acknowledge trademarks and copyrights of these mentions? If so, should the acknowledgments go on the copyright page, in the Acknowledgment section (where I am thanking various people who helped with the book), or someplace else?In case it matters, I live in Pennsylvania.Thank you.
State/Country relating to question: Pennsylvania
Nope. Simple references like this can go completely unexplained under the law. Add explanations only if they make the book better. Ditto for acknowledgement of movies, product names, etc.Hope that helps. Good luck.
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