Lawrence Van Gelder

Denny Hatch is the author of six books on marketing and four novels, and is a direct marketing writer, designer and consultant. His latest book is “Write Everything Right!” Visit him at dennyhatch.com.

From Lawrence Van Gelder’s article in The New York Times, Dec. 28, 2007: Egypt plans to copyright the Pyramids, the Sphinx and various museum pieces and use the royalties from copies to pay for the upkeep of its historic monuments and sites, The Guardian of London reported. Quite simply, 4,000-year-old edifices are in public domain. How could Egypt enforce the copyright? It cannot. The entire concept is preposterous. What is not preposterous is what you can copyright. Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution states that Congress has the power “to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and

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