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Old 12-26-2007, 01:18 PM   #1
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Egpyt to copyright Pyramids

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Cairo - In a potential blow to themed resorts from Vegas to Tokyo, Egypt is to pass a law requiring payment of royalties whenever its ancient monuments, from the pyramids to the sphinx, are reproduced.

Zahi Hawass, the charismatic and controversial head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, told AFP on Tuesday that the move was necessary to pay for the upkeep of the country's thousands of pharaonic sites.

"The new law will completely prohibit the duplication of historic Egyptian monuments which the Supreme Council of Antiquities considers 100-percent copies," he said.

"If the law is passed then it will be applied in all countries of the world so that we can protect our interests," Hawass said.

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"It is Egypt's right to be the only copyright owner for these monuments in order to benefit financially so we can restore, preserve and protect Egyptian monuments."

However, the law "does not forbid local or international artists from profiting from drawings and other reproductions of pharaonic and Egyptian monuments from all eras - as long as they don't make exact copies."

I don't know where to go with this: a snide remark about how people will now turn to cheap Aztec knockoffs for their pyramid fix, or a snide remark about how the city of Pisa will now copyright cylinders to protect images of the Leaning Tower?
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Old 12-26-2007, 01:49 PM   #2
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Let's see Egypt try to enforce this law in other countries.
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Old 12-26-2007, 02:56 PM   #3
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S**t, now where going to have to go back to calling all pyramid schemes "multi-level marketing".:p

Noone remembers Charles Ponzi, so that avenue is closed,
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Old 12-26-2007, 02:59 PM   #4
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Let's see Egypt try to enforce this law in other countries.
Yeah, it took the world's largest nuclear arsenal, tens of thousands of lawyers, and hordes of diplomats to force our copyright laws on the rest of the world.
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Old 12-26-2007, 03:56 PM   #5
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Pfft, I bet I can still get bootleg pyramids from China for a buck and a half.
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Old 12-26-2007, 09:25 PM   #6
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Does this mean we will have to pay them for each of our dollar bills?
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:04 PM   #7
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I think we're good on the money - ours are unfinished, so only 85% copies. If the Masons get on board this copyright bandwagon, then we're pooched.
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Old 12-27-2007, 12:26 AM   #8
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We have no such plans. We're planning on world domination instead.
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Old 12-27-2007, 12:27 AM   #9
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I think we're good on the money - ours are unfinished, so only 85% copies. If the Masons get on board this copyright bandwagon, then we're pooched.
As a side note, in Egypt most buildings are unfinished, don't have to pay taxes on an unfinished one. Using their own logic in a sense, we shouldn't have to pay for an unfinished pirimid.
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Old 12-29-2007, 05:04 PM   #10
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There goes the food pyramid.
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Old 01-01-2008, 03:28 AM   #11
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And the term "Ponzi scheme" is by no means obsolete usage.

Sounds like Egypt is having an attack of "Cuban Politicians' Disease."
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Old 01-01-2008, 03:59 AM   #12
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They can only put a copywrite on exact replicas, not a prism shape. This is simply to protect their own right to market souveniers - and that's fair enough if you ask me.
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They can only put a copywrite on exact replicas, not a prism shape. This is simply to protect their own right to market souveniers - and that's fair enough if you ask me.
Ok, we should copyright all things Red, White, and Blue, all images of anything from America, all images of any American Icon. All images of the Bald Eagle... the list goes on. It is a stupid idea.
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Old 01-01-2008, 05:13 AM   #14
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you can't put a copywrite on colours. You have no claim to those colours. They existed essentially well before the USA did, as did the bald eagle.

I'm sure you'd have a case for the statue of liberty though.
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you can't put a copywrite on colours. You have no claim to those colours. They existed essentially well before the USA did, as did the bald eagle.

I'm sure you'd have a case for the statue of liberty though.
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