A Spanish court has just received a pretty outlandish case from a woman who was banned from eBay for attempting to sell plots of the sun. According to Sky 105, Maria Duran, who is claiming ownership of the sun, is suing eBay for “blocking her extraterrestrial real estate sales.” She was inspired by Dennis Hope, who sold land on the moon, Mars, Venus, and Mercury.
Ms. Duran registered the star in her name at a notary office in Spain, and then opened an eBay account to sell small plots of it to the public. The document declares her to be “the owner of the sun, a star of spectral type G2, located in the centre of the solar system, located at an average distance from Earth of about 149,600,000 kilometers.”
“Two years later eBay pulled her listings, saying they violated its intangible goods policy, and her account was blocked. She had been selling parcels of about 11 square feet for about $1 each and had racked up 600 orders before eBay shut her down. Because nothing tangible was sold, it feared a scam,” says Sky 105.
She is operating on a loophole in the UN’s Outer Space Treaty, which states that no nation can stake ownership to a heavenly body, but does not mention individuals. Very tricky.
Now, why anyone would want to own land on the sun is a mystery, since, obviously, they would never be able to use it. But, I guess it’s just the ability to say so that’s appealing. And, apparently, some people do find it very appealing, since Ms. Duran continues to sell Sun plots on her own website.