Moon Property Rights Are Closer Than You Think

MoonWith U.S. real estate prices falling and NASA’s Phoenix mission successfully landing on Mars, this may be the perfect time to turn our attention to lunar real estate. An article this month in Popular Mechanics discusses why owning your own lunar real estate may not be totally out of the question. Although the 1967 Outer Space Treaty that was ratified by 62 countries restricted any country from claiming territory in outer space, it did not restrict private or corporate ownership. The proposed 1980 Moon Treaty would have banned private property ownership of the moon, but it was never ratified by the U.S. As a result, it is generally accepted that claims of private property on the moon would be recognized. Effective use of unclaimed land has historically been used to establish ownership, so a corporation that established a base on the moon could claim legal precedence if a dispute arose.. Even if someone sent robots on their behalf, they could make a valid claim based on the legal precedence of ownership of salvaged ships being granted to individuals who discovered them with robotic submarines.

You can buy lunar property with a prime view of Earth from the Lunar Embassy’s website. For just $24 plus shipping, you can receive the deed to an acre of land on the moon. Dennis Hope, founder of the Lunar Embassy, says he has sold 500 million acres, although this is questionable when you see how bad the website is. A deed from the Embassy includes a declaration of ownership filed with the U.S, Russia, and U.N. on the basis that Hope originally sent a claim to the U.N. and did not receive any objections. However, Glenn Harlan Reynolds, a University of Tennessee law professor says in a Popular Mechanics podcast that millions of owners could form a worldwide constituency that could require governments to recognize the group’s claim.

This could create a legal battle between individuals with a lunar deed and corporations who have actually landed on the moon. These individuals could extort corporations for a share of their profits, similar to people who buy Internet domains and wait until a company is willing to pay for rights to it. There are several private expeditions underway to land a robot on the moon and claim a $30 million dollar prize offered by Google. This seems to be a better investment than buying property through Lunar Embassy.

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August 1, 2008 at 7:50 AM MoonDustPen said...

October 29, 2008 at 6:24 AM SallyCat said...

Recently, I was searching the Internet in an attempt to find a unique gift idea for my friend's baby shower and I came across a site called Lunar Properties selling Lunar Land Claims. I had never thought of property rights on the moon, nor had I thought about giving someone a piece of the moon as a gift before, but I was intrigued by the idea.

I decided to buy a moon Property Claim for my friend from Lunar Properties LLC because this company offered the largest sized claims (1 hectare which equals 2.47 acres), were the low price leader with their free shipping (just $29.99 out the door), allowed me to choose the location from a list of 14 sites they currently offer, had a nice and informative web site, good looking documents (which is what you get to hold onto as part of your Lunar Registration package), and checkout was easy. This company made no crazy claims about outright owning the moon or trying to fund and build private moon bases; they just sold me the claim with a promise to try and influence future Lunar Property rights in favor of legally recognizing my claim. They also had a lot of good information and numerous links about the Moon.

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