I suspect this is non-news. I believe that under the Berne convention, there is a statuette of limitations for copyright that is under 5000 years or however old the pyramids are.
I was thinking that too! I didn't know what the statute was, but it seems odd to me that it would be possible for these to be copyrighted.
I didn't know if because its Egypt if there were some form of other law that would support it.
Pharaonic is totally my word for the day...
Edited at 2007-12-26 07:38 pm (UTC)
oh my - thats rather crazy, would the money really go to the preservation of the pyramids??
Probably not. Money like that usually goes to "administrative fees" in my experience. *rolls eyes*
i bet there'd be all sorts of random loopholes to that anyway. Like... people dont really reproduce historical sites to exact scale, so you could argue its not really a reproduction. haha. lame.
besides, isn't it a wonder of the world? you can't copyright a wonder of the world.
particularly when there are so many peer-to-peer illegal download programs for Historical Sites. Not to mention Carmen San Diego and her band of theives.
I wonder how much things ae going to be jacked up in price now that they want to copyright everything. It'll trickle down somehow. I mean think of all the movies filmed at these locations, all the trips to egypt that will cost more, it's crazy. I really do hope a substantial sum actually goes to the preservation of these antiquities! But you're right, most likely they wont. Sad.
Seriously. One thing is that usually they pay a substantial fee to film on location anyway so hopefully that won't change. I wonder though if those that are filmed in a studio with a set that replicates exact artifacts.
speaking of your icon
did you see The Dark is Rising?
I feel like we talked about it, but i can't remember. I know I've told you to read the books, but i can't remember if you actually saw it. i wonder if its out on dvd yet...is it even out in theatres yet? it should have been, right?
I'M SO BORED AT WORK RANDOM!!! 9 more minutes........
oh damn, i keep replying in my "lj community" name. its Redhead Lizzie :)
IMO, this is a rather facetious law which gives the egyptian govt an assumed power to bring abouts law suits to those they don't like. of course they're not going to sue Luxor Hotel because its shaped like a pyramid. that is just gonna get right up america's arse, and egypt doesn't want that.
now, say iran or iraq or syria were to say, uh, make a pyramid shaped monument, egypt will scream blue-murder.
Madbard mentioned that there seems to be a statute against this based on international laws.. there needs to be a treaty of some sort for there to be anything enforced outside of their own country.
Randomposting. A pleasure to meet you. :)
This brings back memories of Dr. Hawass when he used to come on Coast To Coast Am with Art Bell. I really miss Art. George is doing a wonderful job, but as he'll tell you, nobody can come close to Art's style. Name a radio talk show host, and forgetting their subject matter for a minute (politics, sports, whatever) tell me one with the style and class that Art had.
Oh, so you know this cat?
And then suddenly, a 5,000+ year old monument that just so happens to be a world wonder is not creative commons? Can people even copyright buildings? Egypt is not alone in harboring pyramid structures. There are smaller ancient monuments dotting that whole area, and you have the pyramid-like buildings left by the mayans on the other side of the ocean.
I wonder if they are really afraid of someone making a modern pyramid that will overshadow their Gizah ruins? I kind of doubt that will ever happen, since a direct replica wouldn't be good for much, other than to take up space. I think people would be more inclined to see the real thing in Gizah anyways, while it's still open.
Kind of makes me wonder what the world is coming to, when you have people trying to copyright and cash in on everything. :/
Yeah. :( I don't think anything will come of it, but I thought it was interesting enough to post.
THe hotel is not the only pyramid shaped building. There is a pyramid shaped funeral home/mausoleum in Davie, Fl.
Really? Have any pictures? That's awesome!