Rights to the sun secured by Spain


Ángeles Durán has been recognized as the official owner of the sun since the start of this week. “It is no joke, I have legally secured it,” she told the Financial Times Deutschland. “I am not silly and I know very well my rights.”

Durán assigned a notary two months ago, whose aim was to find out if someone else already owned the sun: he determined that no one did. Consequently, she paid €30 for the ownership deeds and notarial acknowledgement. This is reportedly possible, because during the formation of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, the UN decided that no state may assert a valid territorial claim over the utilization of space. However, industrial enterprises and private persons were not mentioned.

As a result, Durán wants to capitalize on her patent. “I don’t want to charge normal citizens for using the sun,” she said. Rather it involves the companies who profit from it. Accordingly, she says that in the future, companies should pay for usage of the sun’s energy.

Those thinking Durán is looking for a payout are mistaken she said, while she only intends to keep 10 percent of the income for herself. With half, the Spanish Government should restructure its budget, while 20 percent should go towards the country’s pension plans. The last 20 percent, she said, should be split into equal parts, and spent on research and fighting world hunger.

Legal experts in Germany have said there is nothing to worry about however. “Possession means that one has a secure ownership over something, which in this case is impossible,” commented Jürgen Möthrath, president of the federation of German criminal lawyers.