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I have a question about whose name should be on the copyright notice for a book that we are self-publishing, but with complex authorship. My grandfather wrote a bunch of anecdotes about his life; he died in 1991. My mother organized it all into book form and edited it. I edited it further, researched historical records to fact-check and add timelines, obtained and selected photos to illustrate it, and wrote most of the endnotes. My grandfather asked my mother to edit and get it published as a book, but she didn't before he died. Now she's old and asked me to, and gave me the rights to the book (via email message only). My grandfather didn't specifically give her the rights in his will, though she is the sole surviving heir (her brother died, though he does have a son that we don't know the whereabouts of). This is a self-publishing project not expected to make a profit. So, who claims the copyright in the copyright notice? And if Grandpa is on the copyright notice, can the date be this year even though Grandpa died in 1991.
JA: Do you have a registration record?
Customer: What is a registration record?
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer? What documentation do you have?
Customer: no. Haven't talked to a lawyer. That's why I thought I'd contact one via this service, if you have a copyright lawyer available to chat with.
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