Royalties for Using Names of Egyptian Sites of Antiquity?
December 27, 2007 12:42am CST
The head of the department that oversees Antiquities in Egypt has announced the proposal to begin charging royalties for the use of any name associated with Egyptian Antiquities(anywhere in the world). This includes Amusement Parks, Casinos, and, I would assume, games, that bear the name of anything to do with Ancient Egypt. My question is: Would he be able to enforce such a law? I seriously doubt it because such names have become so commonplace they are used everywhere. Is this a wacky idea or what?
2 Jan 08
I think it's possibly possible. The red cross did it. Everything that bore a red cross had to be changed to a green cross...that was a world wide change. I think it would be difficult too. Imagine a hotel called Cleopatra's agoon say in Las Vegas...I just made that up. All the stationery would have to be changed, all the logos - it would cost heaps. Hundreds of thousands of poker machines would have to be replaced. There are probably boutiques, cafe's, restaurants, design labels maybe even furnishings that would have to be recalled. Then the south Americans would get in on the act and anything Mayan, Incan or to do with Montezuma would be gone. The other side of the coin of course would be to pay the royalty amount and pass the costs on. It would be interesting to see if they were able to gain copyright after all this time and with such world wide use of the icons.