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Bearzeleh - Akkar

..... ....As for Bearzeleh itself, it is the one village still engaged in the artisan craft of pottery-making, producing work for practical purposes rather than ornament. It is still the elderly women who ply their skill, producing such items as cooking utensils in glazed earthenware, sometimes as much as two centimetres thick and without enamel. Once the saucepan has been heated its contents will continue to simmer and remain hot for a long wait. Again it is the sturdy women who dry the figs and the grapes, harvest the carob trees for the making of treacle, and prepare all the winter provisions. The olives are pressed to leave in the jars a fine quality oil. The grapes are crushed and the juice fermented for wine and additionally distilled for arak, the typical spirit of Lebanon. One sees also small herds of bullocks and cows and little herds of sheep or goats tended by a young village boy or by some busy-fingered woman with clicking knitting-needles. Myself, I was intoxicated by this world of trees, by the purity of the surroundings, by the virginal shades. Here one forgot temptation in a haunting dream of the East in a celestial sphere. I left Bearzeleh with tears trembling in my eyes..... ....


Decree N. 2385 of 17/1/1924 as amended by law N. 76 of 3/4/1999 ( articles 2, 5, 15, 49 and 85 ) lays down as follows:
The author of a literary or artistic work, by the very fact of authorship, has absolute right of ownership over the work, without obligation of recourse to formal procedures . The author will himself enjoy the benefit of exploitation of his work, and he possesses exclusive rights of publication and of the reproduction under any form whatsoever. Whether the work in question comes under the public domain or not those persons will be liable to imprisonment for a period of one to three years and to fine of between five and fifty million Lebanese pounds, or to either one of these penalties, who
1-will have appended or caused to be appended a usurped name on a literary or artistic work;
2-will have fraudulently imitated the signature or trademark adopted by an author, with a view to deceiving the buyer;
3-will have counterfeited a literary or artistic work;
4-or will have knowingly sold, received, or put on sale or into circulation a work which is counterfeit or signed with a forged signature.
The punishment will be increased in the event of repetition.