December 28, 2007

Globalizing Enclosure By Copyright [11:20 pm]

Unbelievable - copyrighting something long after the creator is gone. But it demonstrates what the current copyrighters are after - perpetual control: Egypt to Copyright Landmarks

Egypt plans to copyright the Pyramids, the Sphinx and various museum pieces and use the royalties from copies to pay for the upkeep of its historic monuments and sites, The Guardian of London reported. Zahi Hawass, the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that legislation approved by a ministerial committee will be presented to the Egyptian Parliament, where it was expected to pass. [...]

From the Guardian article [pdf]

Background: Egypt, Vegas-style

The success of the Egyptian-themed Luxor hotel and casino on the Las Vegas strip may be behind the new effort in Egypt to copyright the country’s ancient archaeological wealth.

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