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Egypt Seeks to Collect Royalties for Reproduction of Pyramids and Other Antiquities

The English newspaper The Guardian reported that Egypt plans to pass a law that would copyright the Pyramids, the Sphinx and other well-known landmarks and use the royalties from copies to pay for the upkeep of its historic monuments and sites. Zahi Hawass, the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that the copyrights would apply anywhere in the world and would apply to full-scale precise copies of museum objects and “commercial use” of ancient monuments.