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Subject:Re: Help with fake names issue From:Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> To:Joyce -dot- Fetterman -at- l-3com -dot- com Date:Thu, 29 Mar 2012 11:17:34 -0700
This is usually an issue mostly for works of fiction that are widely viewed
and run the risk of causing a person with the same name some distress.
However, if you're documenting something like a law enforcement or medical
database, you want to avoid creating a simulated record that might show the
name of a real person associated with being convicted of a serious crime or
having a disease with a social stigma. Unlike a movie, there's no way to
be certain that a page from your document won't be copied and circulated
without a disclaimer or a notice that it's fiction.
Another alternative would be to scramble the image of the name so that it's
unreadable ("greeking") , which will also help if localization is being
On Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 9:51 AM, <Joyce -dot- Fetterman -at- l-3com -dot- com> wrote:
> Has anyone offered a reasonable explanation of why they're afraid of
> using "real" names and what the feared consequences might be? Sounds
> like a knee-jerk reaction to me.
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