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Pyramid Death [Dec. 26th, 2007|12:33 pm]
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http://www.glumbert.com/media/warkilling
The Act of Killing in War. Heads up, it's verbally graphic. Images too. :(

And whaaat? You can copyright the pyramids?
CAIRO (AFP) - 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.
He said that a ministerial committee had already agreed on the law which should be passed in the next parliamentary session, while insisting the move would not hurt Egyptian artisans.
"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."
"Artists have the right to be inspired by everything that surrounds them, including monuments," he said.
Asked about the potential impact on the monumental Luxor Hotel in the US gambling capital of Las Vegas, Hawass insisted that particular resort was "not an exact copy of pharaonic monuments despite the fact it's in the shape of a pyramid."
On its website, the luxury hotel describes itself as "the only pyramid shaped building in the world," but Hawass said its interior was entirely different from an ancient Egyptian setting.
Hawass's declarations came after the opposition daily Al-Wafd published an article on Sunday called for the Las Vegas hotel to pay a slice of its lodging and gambling profits to the city of Luxor.
"Thirty-five million tourists visit Las Vegas to see the reproduction of Luxor city while only six million visit the real Egyptian city of Luxor," the paper lamented.
Samir Farag, head of Luxor town council in southern Egypt, home to the legendary Valley of the Kings, said that it would be difficult to prohibit use of pyramid shapes.
"We can't forbid people from using the name of Luxor and copying monuments from (Luxor) city, which is the world's richest city for monuments," he said, adding that "tourists going to Las Vegas doesn't affect our city's business."
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20071225/lf_afp/egyptantiquitieslaw_071225185820
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[User Picture]From: funkywombat
2007-12-26 11:49 pm (UTC)
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.

immature, really.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-26 11:55 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: funkywombat
2007-12-27 12:08 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure copyrighting is general is covered by various international treaties, or just by countries cooperating with each other, for example the American music industry prosecuting British or French or German music pirates.

I'm sure the same would occur for a building.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-27 12:09 am (UTC)
For a building thousands of years old? It seems like it would be out of copyright.
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[User Picture]From: funkywombat
2007-12-27 09:01 pm (UTC)
Works such as the Mona Lisa, The Starry Night, or any Picasso or Monet are copyrighted too, and anyone wanting to use them will have to pay huge royalties. What actually makes the pyramids different?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-27 09:03 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I'm not sure. Madbard spoke about it above.
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[User Picture]From: sczrhands
2007-12-29 02:12 am (UTC)
Also, since the people who made it are dead, who would have the legal rights to the pyramids? Normally things are copyrighted when the artiest are alive. Then the rights are passed down.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-30 12:42 am (UTC)
Another good point!
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