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property of a log book four of us went on an atlantic crossing

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property of a log book
four of us went on an atlantic crossing in my sailing boat , one person was designated
to keep a record /fix at midday every day.
i left the boat when we arrived west ward islands and flew home ,they carried on sailing for a year then i flew back for the return trip when the boat returned home to portsmouth the keeper of the log said its mine as i am the author of the log book .
the book was given to us as a present by him at the start .
i told hime it belongs to the ship/yacht owners which is me.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 4 years ago.

Ben Jones :

Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today.

The log book will be the property of whoever purchased it, unless they had subsequently gifted it to someone else, in which case the recipient would have become the legal owner. It would not automatically belong to the boat's owner, even if the contents within it were aimed at the boat or the journeys it made. In addition, the person who made the actual entries could argue that they have some copyright over it if they can show that what they wrote was an original literary work, of which they were the creator. However, that would not change the legal owner of the actual log book itself and they can only argue over the contents of the book.

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