Letter: Engineers need copyright and corruption

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The Independent Online
NICK GOODALL ('Let's engineer a different drama', 3 October) wants writers to portray engineers as heroes in the world of fiction. In the world of fact, the writer receives copyright protection, which lasts his or her lifetime and beyond, while inventions made by the engineer receive patent protection, which lasts only 16 years. Engineers might be better served by writers if writers could show engineers how their inventions could be classified as works of art.

Michael Boon