Oh yes. Zahi Hawass, our favorite media-whore, has brain-farted again. Yay:
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.
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.
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.
So, before you start thinking they will start charging royalties from artists, or maybe even the Luxor Hotel in Vegas, well, they won't.
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
"Artists have the right to be inspired by everything that surrounds them, including monuments," he said.
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
So..ehh..what's the point again? We only forbid exact replicas of the Pyramids and the Sphinx in and out? Is this the case? Does this make any kind of sense? Am I wrong to think that this guy just wants to be in the media wearing his "Indiana Jones" hat?