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I have a collection of photographs and 33 stories I've

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I have a collection of photographs and 33 stories I've written from interviews with now deceased Russian immigrants. In 1980 when I started writing, I didn't ask anyone to sign a permission statement. Can I still publish the stories and photographs of the people who didn't sign permission slips? If not, what do I do to legally correct the situation?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Sam replied 10 months ago.

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This is Samuel.

You can publish with the names. I suggest that there can be no defamation against the deceased, so you should have no problems there, even though I understand what you have is the truth.

Expert:  Sam replied 10 months ago.

The dead have no cause of action for defamation, and neither do their survivors, unless the words independently reflect upon and defame the survivors.

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