I'm planning to write a comic book about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. All the characters are fake, but they talk about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu history. They explain the origin of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and mention the masters Helio and Carlson.

I didn't find a forum about writing books, and this is the closest I found.

Do I need to pay royalties or ask for some kind of permission to the family?

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    There are trademarks registered but one generally cannot copyright or trademark factual knowledge, so I think that you'd just need to be clear that you are not affiliated with, and do not represent BJJ. Commented Mar 7 at 17:50
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    Oh, and where are you located? The laws might vary depending on location. Incidentally, writing.stackexchange.com and law.stackexchange.com might also be decent places to check, although be a bit wary about cross-posting, which is discouraged. Commented Mar 7 at 17:51
  • So long as you're not plagiarizing the story from something already published or spoken by someone else, you should be okay. Retelling the story in your own way is fine. Otherwise nobody could talk about anything. It is also considered "fair use" to take parts of published works and quote them, so long as you give them proper attribution with a citation. If I were you, I'd tell the Gracie story in your own way, but I'd also give an attribution and cite their published work as a little reference off to the side. libguides.csusm.edu/academic_honesty/what_is_plagiarism Commented Mar 7 at 20:46
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    You may also find help on writing.stackexchange.com and possibly law.stackexchange.com - just keep in mind that the Law SE does not allow questions asking for specific legal advice. Commented Mar 9 at 0:47
  • Who are you going to go through to publish it? Any decent publisher will know the answers to all of these questions.
    – JohnP
    Commented Mar 12 at 15:55


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