Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Copyrighting Gone Wild: Egypt attempts to "COPYRIGHT" pyramids

What are we coming to. So there I was reading the news when I came upon this absurdity. The Egyptian government wants royalties paid to her if copies are made her "antiquities".

From the BBC,
Egypt's MPs are expected to pass a law requiring royalties be paid whenever copies are made of museum pieces or ancient monuments such as the pyramids.

Zahi Hawass, who chairs Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, told the BBC the law would apply in all countries.

The money was needed to maintain thousands of pharaonic sites, he said.
Mr Hawass said the law would apply to full-scale replicas of any object in any museum in Egypt.
"Commercial use" of ancient monuments like the pyramids or the sphinx would also be controlled, he said.

"Even if it is for private use, they must have permission from the Egyptian government," he added.
But he said the law would not stop local and international artists reproducing monuments as long as they were not exact replicas.
From the WP,
"If you (want to) build an exact copy of the Great Pyramid we will stop you," Hawass told The Associated Press.
The draft bill comes amid recent complaints in Egyptian media about money being made by the pyramid-shaped Las Vegas Luxor casino.
Egyptian lawyer Hossam Lutfi, an expert with the U.N.'s World Intellectual Property Organization, said the draft may be baffling since the authors of the works in question are long gone.
Give me a break. Copyrighted antiquities are a joke. Hollywood prop makers beware. Don't make those props too realistic. Hmm..maybe a Sphinx body with the head of a rabbit. Ridiculous. It's just another "Pyramid Scheme".

Here is a newscast on the proposed copyright

Same Players. Different Scandal.

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