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My aunt (an accredited writer) wrote the first draft of a romantic novel, set in the 1750s and based on fact, in 1946. She died shortly after and the novel was never published. In due course her son passed the typescript to me and from it I devised a treatment (synopsis) as a basis for producing a TV series or feature film. Her son (my cousin and also a published writer) was pleased with what I had written and told me the copyright should lie with me: I have no written evidence to prove this, but his widow and her sons are content that I should continue in that capacity. I am now attempting to interest TV and film producers in developing this story for the screen. Because the novel was never finished, no copyright was ever taken out but I understand that after 70 years (2016) anyone could take this story and develop it without my permission. I have of course retained the typescript and other important papers associated with the story, and would only release them under fair contractual terms: the story is not only true but also highly dramatic and heart rending, and thus has much potential value to producers. Do I need to prove that the copyright lies with me until 2016? And is it possible to extend the copyright? I would be most grateful for your advice. Charles XXXXXXXXX