The Egyptian parliament is about to pass a law that would require any replicas of ancient Egyptian artifacts and monuments to pay royalties for the use of the design.
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.
Sadly, that means the Luxor in Vegas would be exempt because it’s tarted up far beyond the point of replica (and good taste, of course).
EDIT: More analysis of the practicalities here.