The wherefores and whatofs if back when...
November 9, 2012 3:13 PM Subscribe
I would like to write a fictional novel based in actual events that occurred in the West in the 1700s. It would draw extensively from the true story ( which is likely already enhanced through the centuries ). The names would change, though the locations would be actual places.
Is there anything I should be aware of with regards to the "legality" of retelling such a story? Ie. the storyline is not my original creation. I'd be adapting it for my story, but it would have a lot of similarity.
The story is told, with minor variation, in a number of historical sources.
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