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Egypt 'to copyright antiquities'
BBC News ^ | 25 December 2007 | BBC News

Posted on 12/25/2007 8:02:51 PM PST by antiRepublicrat

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.

Correspondents say the law will deal a blow to themed resorts across the world where large-scale copies of Egyptian artefacts are a crowd-puller.

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.

The Luxor hotel in the US city of Las Vegas would also not be affected because it was not an exact copy of a pyramid and its interior was completely different, Mr Hawass told AFP news agency.

But he said claims by the hotel that it was "the only pyramid-shaped building in the world" could no longer be made.

The announcement came two days after an Egyptian newspaper called on the hotel to pay a share of its profits to the central Egyptian city of Luxor, which administers the ancient Valley of the Kings burial site.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: copyright; egypt; insane; islamicsupremacists; pyramids; retroactivelaw; tortreform
Don't know whether to laugh or cry.
1 posted on 12/25/2007 8:02:51 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: N3WBI3; PAR35; Sir_Ed; SubGeniusX; TruthSetsUFree; rabscuttle385; ShadowAce; Baynative; holden; ...
The Copyfraud ping: copyright, patent and trademark abuse, and general abuse of laws in the digital age.
If you want on or off the Copyfraud Ping List, Freepmail me.
2 posted on 12/25/2007 8:03:30 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: antiRepublicrat

I think point and laugh is the proper response.


3 posted on 12/25/2007 8:07:00 PM PST by mthom
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To: antiRepublicrat
I would say - laugh. The entire notion is not only laughable, but a sad commentary on how completely bankrupt the ‘Arab culture’ (and I use that label VERY loosely) has become.
4 posted on 12/25/2007 8:08:12 PM PST by ASOC
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To: antiRepublicrat

Pay up MGM!
5 posted on 12/25/2007 8:09:55 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Merry Christmas!)
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To: antiRepublicrat
If they stopped killing tourists they could make a bundle.

Don’t copywrites expire 100 years after the death of the author/artist?

6 posted on 12/25/2007 8:10:03 PM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: antiRepublicrat

Minature golf courses around the country are in a panic.


7 posted on 12/25/2007 8:18:56 PM PST by neodad (USS Wabash (AOR 5) The Wabash Cannonball)
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To: antiRepublicrat

The money was needed to maintain thousands of pharaonic sites

..

My recommendation to Zahi Hawass ..

Stop digging.


8 posted on 12/25/2007 8:19:13 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: antiRepublicrat
Zahi Hawass, who chairs Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, told the BBC the law would apply in all countries.

And just how does Egypt plan to enforce this in other countries?

9 posted on 12/25/2007 8:20:29 PM PST by lightman (The Office of the Keys should be exercised as some ministry needs to be Exorcised.)
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To: antiRepublicrat
he said claims by the hotel that it was "the only pyramid-shaped building in the world" could no longer be made.

There are lots of them:

West Sacramento:

San Francisco

Paris:

North Korea


10 posted on 12/25/2007 8:23:25 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired of all the politics in politics.)
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To: antiRepublicrat

Lots of luck enforcing this outside of Egypt.


11 posted on 12/25/2007 9:02:13 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: antiRepublicrat
Lots of luck enforcing this outside of Egypt.

Egypt hardly has a patent on the basic pyramid shape. Similar structures are found all over the world by people who never saw the Egyptian pyramids.

Miamisburg Mound, Ohio, USA

This mound is conical, like Silbury Hill in England. Archaeologists believe that it was constructed by the Adena Indians (800 BC – 100 AD). The mound sits on a 100 foot high bluff, and measures 877 feet in circumference. Originally it attained a height of 70 feet.

12 posted on 12/25/2007 9:05:14 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: ElkGroveDan

The one in West Sacramento looks more like a heathen Ziggurat than a pyramid.


13 posted on 12/25/2007 9:08:18 PM PST by rabscuttle385 (It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.)
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To: rabscuttle385
looks more like a heathen Ziggurat than a pyramid

It is Post-Modern Mayan, and will be the new stealth government HQ of Greater Aztlan.

After the Reconquesta is complete, hearts of White Devils will be ripped out at sunrise on the top deck.

The nearby lake is for making sacrifices of jewelry & maidens.

14 posted on 12/25/2007 11:15:41 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (If God didn't want a Liberal/RINO hanging from every tree, He wouldn't have created so much rope!)
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To: antiRepublicrat

We were days from opening our new 200,000,000 sq foot Great Pyramid Retail and Incense Emporium in Torrance. Largest of it’s kind in the world, next to some firecracker stand in Hyderabad, India. Now what? What do you tell your workers who have been slaving to get the place built before the Holiday Season? Sorry guys but some Egyptians got around to copyrighting their floor plan 2,300 years after first consulting their lawyers? And we are supposed to believe this? Our lawyers will be waiting for the call. We’re not taking down one of the 346,892 60X60 126 ton granite blocks without a fight!


15 posted on 12/26/2007 12:20:03 AM PST by kinghorse
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To: Cicero
Similar structures are found all over the world by people who never saw the Egyptian pyramids.

The ammonia molecule is pyramid-shaped. Of course I believe what they're saying is that we're not allowed to call it "pyramid" shaped anymore. But that would be trademark, not copyright. Methinks the Egyptians are confused.

16 posted on 12/26/2007 6:38:45 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: ElkGroveDan

Only commies can manage to make a pyramid butt-ugly.


17 posted on 12/26/2007 7:14:58 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: antiRepublicrat

DOn’t you have to be the author of an idea or an expression of an idea to receive a copyright?

These Egyptians did not create this expression...therefore they sould not be able to claim that they did and receive copyright protections.


18 posted on 12/26/2007 7:46:31 AM PST by LachlanMinnesota
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To: antiRepublicrat

Sounds like liberals looking for a new cash teat. Hey and if they succeed we can pay them with dollar bills which also has a pyramid in our national seal?


19 posted on 12/26/2007 7:52:32 AM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: antiRepublicrat
Don't know whether to laugh or cry.

My response is "good luck with that". 

20 posted on 12/26/2007 9:39:08 AM PST by zeugma (Hillary! - America's Ex-Wife!)
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To: LachlanMinnesota
These Egyptians did not create this expression...therefore they sould not be able to claim that they did and receive copyright protections.

Different people have different ideas of what copyright should be. Some people think anything can be copyrighted and that it should last forever. Despite our present laws, this is now how our system was designed.

Plus they use the term "Intellectual Property" and get confused between copyright, trademark, patent and trade secrets. The Egyptians are clearly confusing copyright and trademark.

21 posted on 12/26/2007 10:15:33 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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