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Deir Saydat Mayfouq

..... ....In 1922, the Lebanese Order founded a college in the monastery, one which is still active at the present day with its chemistry laboratory and its school of acting. In 1968, an important chapter was held within its walls; it made a number of decisions and published a communiqué concerning the acquisition of property by foreigners. In 1982, a presidential decree officially instituted an agricultural college at Our Lady of Mayfouq. In 1984, another presidential decree set up a medico-social centre and the same year saw the creation of a parish development council to serve the neighbouring villages. As well as carrying on its agricultural activities, the monastery concerns itself with young people and provides parochial service throughout the nearby region. A museum of traditional crafts and a collection of religious articles attract many visitors. Finally, mention should be made of the fine architecture of the arcades, the colonnades and the barrel vaulting..... ....


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.