Just how far back can you extend copyright? The Egyptian government seems to think 4000 years or so is about right.

Egypt’s MPs are expected to pass a law requiring royalties be paid whenever copies are made of museum pieces or ancient monuments such as the pyramids.

Zahi Hawass, who chairs Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, told the BBC the law would apply in all countries.

Mr Hawass said the law would apply to full-scale replicas of any object in any museum in Egypt.

“Commercial use” of ancient monuments like the pyramids or the sphinx would also be controlled, he said.

Wow! Even the Disney lawyers could take lessons from these guys.

I wonder if they’ll be expecting back royalties from Steve Martin and the Bangles. :-)

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