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Q: Book Writing Legality ( No Answer,   3 Comments )
Subject: Book Writing Legality
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: yehoshua-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 12 Oct 2006 10:49 PDT
Expires: 09 Nov 2006 15:40 PST
Question ID: 772945
I am wanting to write a book about something in particular, but the
content has questionable legal implications (drug use).  Are there any
limits to what someone can get published these days?  I truly believe
I have a great and original idea (non-fiction), but I just don't know
if it can be legally published or not.  I apologize for being vague
with details, but I am just protecting my idea that's all.

Clarification of Question by yehoshua-ga on 12 Oct 2006 10:58 PDT
I should clarify what I am looking for.  I am not looking to write
about "how" to do anything...but more along the lines of a documentary
of certain experiences.

Clarification of Question by yehoshua-ga on 12 Oct 2006 12:26 PDT
One more clarification...

...what if it is based on the "taste-tester" strategy?  Could I be
charged with anything for admitting in the book of drug-use in a
controlled environment situation?  Keep in mind it would be a
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Book Writing Legality
From: pinkfreud-ga on 12 Oct 2006 10:54 PDT
Books giving instructions for conducting illegal activities have
certainly been published. Sometimes there are consequences after
publication, as in the case of Paladin Press:
Subject: Re: Book Writing Legality
From: kriswrite-ga on 12 Oct 2006 11:40 PDT
If you are writing about your own personal experiences, there should
be no problem (as long as serious illegal activities aren't
included...drug use alone isn't going to put you on America's Most
Wanted). But if you're writing about OTHERS doing dubious things,
you'll need to use caution. You should include nothing (names,
physical descriptions, job titles, etc.) that could pin point the
people in question.

Subject: Re: Book Writing Legality
From: pinkfreud-ga on 13 Oct 2006 14:26 PDT
There have been many books which described the authors' personal
experiences with illegal drugs. I have never heard of anyone being
arrested solely because of such writings. Of course, if there were
other evidence that led to an arrest, one's having written about drug
use might conceivably be used as evidence.

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