You might think that the current copyright term applying for many works of life of the author plus 70 years is too long. (It is). But the Egyptian government wants to extend copyright to their antiquities, some up to 5000 years old:
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. The money was needed to maintain thousands of pharaonic sites, he said. Correspondents say the law will deal a blow to themed resorts across the world where large-scale copies of Egyptian artefacts are a crowd-puller.
I’d like to know how they think they are going to apply this worldwide.