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comment Do the biopic-ized people get paid for being represented in their respective biopic movies?
A person doesn't have any rights to the facts of their own life, or wikipedia would be in a deep hole right now (as would TMZ). To be clear, though, there are times when you would get in trouble. Using a famous person to exploit their fame (like using a lookalike or soundalike, in radio, in an advertisement), or lying about a person (that's where you run into slander/libel issues). Edit: Also, you can run into trouble for making public what was otherwise private (a tell all book about someone's sex life could do it, though it's typically enforced against exes who publish sexy photos).