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Sidon - the fortress
..... ....The fortress is considered to be one of the most beautiful fortresses on the Mediterranean coast. Its entrance is decorated with lions sculptured in the stone, and it has a small mosque built by Al Ashraf Khalil Bin Kalawoun, and renovated by Prince Fakhreddine..... ....
..... ....Importations from Europe were exchanged for ones from the Indies. One can easily understand the importance of this French Khan on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean. In this way the town of Sidon was flourishing. It was a vital centre where consuls, travellers, merchants, researchers, manufacturers, historians, scholars and clergy would meet each other in this khan, a place of hospitality and intercourse. “It was the centre of social and commercial activities in Saïda down to the nineteenth century. In turn residence of the Consuls of France, then of the Franciscan Fathers, and then an orphanage for girls under the care of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition, it has now been restored and shelters the centre of the French Cultural Mission for South Lebanon.” Here there are many activities arranged of a cultural or humanist nature, talks, exhibitions, concerts, meetings, shows of crafts, and so on. It is now destined to provide premises for a museum and exhibition halls in order to play its part in the life of the town and to safeguard our heritage..... ....
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.