Can I copyright a diary I found in my grandmother’s attic?

By Andrew Hudson  December 4, 2013

No, unless you were given explicit rights to do so.

“You can register copyright in the diary only if you own the rights to the work, for example, by will or by inheritance. Copyright is the right of the author of the work or the author’s heirs or assignees, not of the one who only owns or possesses the physical work itself.”
U.S. Copyright Office

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