Pyramid scheme

Overlawyered reports:

Egypt wants to copyright pyramids, Sphinx 

Under the proposed law, backed by Supreme Council ofpyramid.jpg Antiquities chief Zahi Hawass, persons around the world would be forbidden to sphinxbycaviglia.jpg make copies, even for private use, of the country’s famous monuments, scarabs and other Pharaonic survivals. “His comments came only a few days after an Egyptian opposition newspaper, Al-Wafd, published a report complaining that many more tourists each year travelled to the pyramid-shaped Luxor hotel in Las Vegas than to Luxor itself. The newspaper proposed that the US hotel should pay some of its profits to Luxor city.”

Yes, there’s something of a jurisdiction problem — the proposition that Egypt has the power to “forbid persons around the world” from doing anything. (They are good at stopping people from blogging.) But not as severe as the stupidity problem. Don’t these guys know what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas?

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