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.(link)
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.
"Even if it is for private use, they must have permission from the Egyptian government," he added.
But he said the law would not stop local and international artists reproducing monuments as long as they were not exact replicas.
Too bad the actual copyright on those monuments expired about 4400 years ago? In practical terms, this will be pretty much unenforceable. Besides the fact that implementation would violate just about every other countries' copyright laws, how do they plan to calculate royalties? Percentage of museum goers? Flat fee based on estimated popularity?