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The City of Aley in Lebanon

..... ....Its population stands at about 50,000 in winter, rising to 100,000 in summer.

Aley serves the whole district, standing as it does on the Beirut-Damascus highway. Originally it was no more than a small village, but as from the period 1892-1895 when the Beirut Damascus railway was constructed under the regime of the Mutassarifiyah, Aley grew into a town of importance.

It became a leading summer resort, the favourite residence of petroleum magnates, of emirs, of the very rich, and of the Lebanese multi-millionaires of the region and the cream of the bourgeoisie. The residences, villas, chalets, palaces, 3- to 5-star hotels, and municipal parks and gardens were to be seen everywhere...... ....


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.