Saturday, 29 December 2007
Egypt "expected to require royalties on pyramids"
The BBC reports that Egypt is expected to pass a law requiring royalties be paid whenever copies are made of museum pieces or ancient monuments such as the pyramids. This proposal is intended to apply in all countries and the resulting royalties would be deployed in maintaining thousands of pharaonic sites. "Commercial use" of ancient monuments like the pyramids or the sphinx would also be controlled, even if the use is private. The law is not intended to prevent local and international artists reproducing monuments ,as long as they did not make 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.