The Pyramid in Memphis, Tenn., and the Luxor Hotel are fortunate they don’t look exactly like pyramids.
A law expected to be passed in Egypt’s next parliamentary session will require royalties from any reproduction of an ancient Egyptian monument. Duplications the Supreme Council of Antiquities considers exact copies will be prohibited, according to South Africa’s Independent Online.
Las Vegas’ Luxor Hotel is considered A-OK because Zahi Hawass, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that despite the pyramid-shaped exterior of the building, the interior is different from the ancient wonder it mirrors. Egyptian artisans and international artists – who don’t make exact copies of the monuments – are also exempt from the law.