Woman sues eBay for denying her right to sell the Sun
Monday, June 8, 2015, 3:35 PM - In 2010, Ángeles Durán of Spain claimed she owned the Sun. Now, five years later she's launched a lawsuit against eBay over the right to sell portions of it, El Mundo reports.
In the original 2010 claim Durán said her ownership claim has legal backing, but experts disagreed with the statement.
"In my professional opinion, at this time the emerging international opinion is that individuals cannot claim celestial bodies," Joanne Gabrynowicz, director of the National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law and a research professor with almost 25 years experience in space law told the website Discovery.
Durán argues her ownership is legitimate due to a loophole in the UN's Outer Space Treaty.
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According to USA Today, the treaty states a nation can't claim ownership over a heavenly body, but there's no mention of individuals.
Now, Durán has launched a lawsuit against eBay for approximately $13,000 CAD for the right to sell the Sun.
Durán received about 600 orders for pieces of the Sun worth about $1,200 Euros before eBay shut her down, USA Today reports.
According to El Mundo and Durán, the website blocked transactions on the basis the Sun "is not tangible and can't be sold."
Durán, however, argues the Sun "is a real product" and her star-selling idea was hatched after reading about another man who registered the Moon and several other planets in the Solar System under his name back in 2010.
A court in Madrid will handle the case in mid-July.
It will not determine if her ownership of the sun is legally binding. Instead, it will focus on whether or not eBay violated the terms of its seller agreement.
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