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Weird legal claims in space


Posted on Monday, 4 June, 2012 | Comment icon 18 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Some of the strangest legal cases ever recorded have been on the topic of planet ownership.

It seems like a no-brainer that making claim to other worlds wouldn't be acceptable in a court of law yet over the years several people have attempted to do exactly that. Earlier this year in Quebec, Sylvio Langvein walked in to a courthouse and declared himself the owner of all the planets in the solar system and four of Jupiter's moons. Judge Alain Michaud dismissed the case outright, calling Langvein a "quarrelsome litigant" and accused him of abusing the legal system.

In 1949 James Thomas Mangan founded his own nation called the "Nation of Celestial Space" and laid claim to the whole universe. Mangan sent 74 letters to various countries in an effort to gain official recognition and even applied to join the UN but was predictably rejected.

"“Every now and then, someone thinks no one has claimed the moon before, and then rushes to claim it,” wrote Virgiliu Pop, a space law researcher at the Romanian Space Agency."

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Comment icon #9 Posted by paperdyer on 4 June, 2012, 17:03
Don't forget Marvin the MArtian and DUCK DODGERS in the 24th and a half CENTURY! Don't forget Marvin the MArtian and DUCK DODGERS in the 24th and a half CENTURY!
Comment icon #10 Posted by blueandi on 4 June, 2012, 18:04
I own the sun and you all have to pay me to use it! Didn't a woman some years back try that one?
Comment icon #11 Posted by blueandi on 4 June, 2012, 18:06
Didn't a woman some years back try that one? Yep, thought so: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/8174180/Spanish-woman-claims-ownership-of-the-sun.html#
Comment icon #12 Posted by TheMcGuffin on 4 June, 2012, 22:49
None of these claims have even the slightest legal validity.
Comment icon #13 Posted by csspwns on 5 June, 2012, 1:29
how long until world war 3?
Comment icon #14 Posted by UsefulSoul on 5 June, 2012, 4:02
i'd hope neil tyson owns some stock in the earth..
Comment icon #15 Posted by Melo - on 5 June, 2012, 23:23
Lol.....bet sir richard branson or the rothschilds could own a planet.....itd be so cool dude, like "i have a vacation home in nuevas terrus "..."i mean mars "
Comment icon #16 Posted by and then on 6 June, 2012, 0:51
Lol.....bet sir richard branson or the rothschilds could own a planet.....itd be so cool dude, like "i have a vacation home in nuevas terrus "..."i mean mars " And he could get a hop on his own ride there
Comment icon #17 Posted by MidKn13ght on 6 June, 2012, 22:14
Where do humans get off claiming anything for our own???? This earth and land we live on is not ours...we did not create it yet we are at wars over it. Now we move to space to claim it as ours(humans)??? Anyone else see trouble ahead??
Comment icon #18 Posted by justcalmebubba on 21 June, 2012, 9:53
at this point im going to claim to be a space pirate


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