December 27th, 2007 by ejalbright
Egypt wants to copyright its ancient monuments, statues and art, and then collect royalties on copies which will be used to preserve and maintain sites in Egypt.
The idea is the brainchild of Zahi Hawass, the media-savvy director of Egyptâ€™s Supreme Council of Antiquities. “The new law will completely prohibit the duplication of historic Egyptian monuments which the Supreme Council of Antiquities considers 100-percent copies,” he told the news service AFP. “If the law is passed then it will be applied in all countries of the world so that we can protect our interests.â€.
If the Egyptian parliament passes the law (dubious), and if the copyright is recognized around the world (very doubtful), can other countries be far behind? Will Mexico copyright the monuments and art of ChichÃ©n ItzÃ¡, such as El Castillo, which is used in advertising around the world, or Chac Mool, which has inspired other artists since its discovery 130 years ago?
Via Boing Boing
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