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2002, February 16th. I am interviewed by the prestigious New Scientist, for its "Return to the Moon" issue - No 2330, p.33 ("Rocks to Riches" by Alison Boyle and Graham Lawton). :"Hope says he's exploiting a loophole in the 1967 treaty, which stipulates that no government can own extraterrestrial land but says nothing about individuals. Rubbish, says Pop. Landed property rights cannot exist without state protection, and state endorsement of Hope's claim would explicitly violate the 1967 treaty. And in any case, Hope wasn't the first to claim the Moon"

 

2002, May 14th - Czech Republic. Pavel Koten publishes an article on space property rights, prompted by my solar claim - "Kosmické reality, spol s r o" in Seznam Novinky: "Právník Virgiliu Pop, doktorský kandidát na University of Glasgow ..."

 

2002, May 15th - Germany. Telepolis - magazin der netzkultur publishes an article by Florian Rötzer titled "Die Sonne ist mein Eigentum" ("The Sun is my Property"), where my solar claim is the main subject.

 

2002, May 18th, UK. The Editor, a supplement of The Guardian, runs a short news item on "Lots in Space", featuring my solar claim.

 

2002, May 19th - Czech Republic. Blesk publishes "Pozemek na Venuši? Není problém!" ("Land on Venus? No problem!"), speaking about "skotský právník Virgiliu Pop" (Scottish lawyer Virgiliu Pop) and extraterrestrial real estate claims.

 

2002, July 11th, Greece. I am interviewed by Ta Nea, an Athens daily, who dedicates page 3 to my solar claim in "The Lunar Embassy - a fiasco", an article signed by Lambrini Stamati.

 

2002, United Kingdom. D J Saunders, a British author, writes "Carmina Moda" , where I serve as an inspiration for one of the characters, Hursit the Astrologer. Considering the idea of lunar real estate absurd, Hursit claims ownership of the Sun, yet is sued by a collection of plaintiffs for the skin cancer caused by his property. He accepts the charges, becomes for a short while a beggar, yet the court decision backfires when Hursit demands, and obtains, a tithe for the power given by his Sun to all chlorofile - a tax upon all plants, flowers, and trees.     

 

2002, December 9th, United States. I am interviewed by Shannon Foskett from Betterhumans, a transhumanist publication, for her article "Galaxization's Takeoff - From fake real estate to HDTV, Moon developments show that the global village is growing beyond the globe": "In support of proactive space education, Pop argues that only by taking action can our best wishes for space be implemented -- even if all the details haven't been sorted out yet. "The future of Moon ownership will be the practice that will give birth to rules. Law is an evolving phenomenon, and its evolution depends on practice. If we do not have lunar activities, the question of lunar ownership remains strictly theoretical," he says."  

 

2002, December 31, United Kingdom. The Daily Mail delights its readers with "From Posh to pints, the great Scots news quiz; THEY'RE THE SCOTTISH PEOPLE AND PLACES THAT HIT THE HEADLINES OVER THE PAST YEAR - BUT HOW WELL DO YOU REMEMBER THEM?", where they are asked, inter alia: "In May, Virgiliu Pop, a Glasgow specialist in extraterrestrial property rights, decided to ... (a) Declare himself owner of the sun (b) Invoice NASA for overdue moon landing fees ( c) Open an estate agency in Bonnybridge?"

 

April 2003 - Romania. I am interviewed by Adriana Andronescu from Bănăţeanul, a local newspaper from Timişoara. Issue 96 dedicates its front page and pages 4 and 5 to my solar claim - "Stăpânul Soarelui" ("The Master of the Sun"), 

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Thursday, April 10th, 2003 - Romania. Libertatea national daily consecrates its centerfold (pages 8-9) to my solar claim: "Un român, proprietarul soarelui?" ("A Romanian - the Owner of the Sun?"), with a brief outline on its front page.

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Monday, July 14th, 2003 - Romania. My solar claim is featured on the front and back pages of Independent national daily: "Un român, profesor la Lille, proprietarul soarelui" ("A Romanian, Lecturer in Lille, Owner of the Sun"). The article is penned by Dumi Nedelcu.

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July 2003, Romania. I am the subject of a TV interview for the show "Povesti de Succes" ("Tales of Success"), broadcast on the Romanian Television - Timisoara and Romanian Television - Channel 2.   

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2003, August 31st - Romania. I am interviewed by Andreea Demirgian of Radio Romania International's Panoramic Service.

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October 2, 2003. Newsday's Ronald E. Roel  came across "a scholarly paper presented to the "First Convention of Lunar Explorers" in Paris in 2001, in which the author, Virgiliu Pop, argued that lunar claims by Hope and a few similar companies such as the Lunar Registry, are invalid" - "On a Full Moon, Empty Lots Are $19.99"

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October 14, 2003 - Australia. The West Australian publishes an article on extraterrestrial property rights, featuring, inter alia, my own views.

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November 2003 - United Kingdom. The Black Flag - Journal of the Romiley Anarchists' League features, in its space news section, "Hope springs eternal for the Space Spivs" an article dealing with the Archimedes Institute: "The Archimedes Institute seeks to make law for outer space but it has failed to obtain official recognition from NASA, the UN or anyone who counts; especially after it allowed Virgiliu Pop, a PhD Candidate at the University of Glasgow specializing in extraterrestrial property rights, to claim the Sun on 2001/04/28."

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December 2003 - Germany. I am interviewed by Jörn Auf dem Kampe from GEO Magazine for a special issue dedicated to the Moon. 

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2004, January - Romania. Adriana Andronescu continues the coverage in Bănăţeanul (issue 134), this time with a page-wide story on "Războiul Stelelor" ("Star Wars"), based on my "Dennis Hope, the Masai, and the Moon" article.  

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2004, January - Slovakia. Markiza (Issue 3/2004) hosts an article by Adrián Potančok, "Mesiac na predaj", inspired, inter alia, from my space property rights articles - "Právnici však len nechápavo krútia hlavami. „Všetky také nároky sú nezmyselné,“ tvrdí škótsky právnik Virgiliu Pop z Glasgowa. Na potvrdenie svojich slov sa rozhodol zaregistrovať si vlastníctvo Slnka a, div sa svete, Archimedes Institute jeho žiadosť prijal. Pán Pop je teda vlastníkom Slnka."

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2004, January 16th - Russia. Computerra magazine publishes Камень преткновения, ("Stumbling Block") an article by Denis Konoval'chik (Денис Коновальчик), dealing with space property rights - "Пару лет назад дело этого предприимчивого жулика продолжил шотландский доктор права Виргилиу Поп (Virgiliu Pop). Стоит заметить, что юрист из Глазго не стал размениваться по мелочам, а сразу заполучил в частную собственность… Солнце, намереваясь со временем стричь купоны с получаемой землянами энергии. Правда, в отличие от своего предшественника, он сам говорит, что начал эту игру «за гранью фола», чтобы довести до окончательного абсурда ситуацию, сложившуюся ныне с космическими владениями в международном законодательстве. И слава богу — ибо тут уж двадцатью долларами человечество не отделалось бы".

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2004, January 23rd - Australia. Lawyers Weekly - Australia's leading information resource for the legal professional - publishes "The Incalculable Human Spirit": "Legal scholars will no doubt be aware of the many scams and claims that have been made over lunar realty along with other celestial bodies, usually culminating in parcels of the claimed territory being sold to the insatiably gullible (or perhaps careless) general public. If you have a spare five minutes, I recommend looking up Virgiliu Pop’s paper ‘Lunar Real Estate: Buyer Beware’, which provides an excellent history of such entrepreneurial exploits as well as outlining the reason why all such claims are essentially false."

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2004, January 23rd - Romania. Radio Timisoara's Simona Pele hosts a 35-minute long interview with me on the show "Cap de Afis" ("Main Headline").
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February 2nd, 2004, United States. I am interviewed by Robert Roy Britt of Space.com. His article, "Lunar Land Grab Celestial Real Estate Sales Soar" states, inter alia: "In a crafty stunt designed to "expose the phony extraterrestrial real estate industry," British legal scholar Virgiliu Pop declared in 2001 that he owns the Sun and can charge the "owners" of other solar system bodies for the solar energy they receive.
Pop has written several papers on space property rights and is a member of the IISL.
"The Lunar Embassy does not own the Moon, hence it cannot sell it," Pop said in an e-mail interview. "If you still believe you can actually own the Moon by buying it from the Lunar Embassy, then you will have to pay me utilities fees for the Sun that I own as much (or as little) as Mr. Hope owns the Moon."
One precedent Pop draws on involves the Masai tribe in Africa, which "has a similar legal claim over all the cows in the world, yet in reality, people all over the world continue to buy and sell cattle without involving the Masai. What I dispute here is the 'it is mine because I say so' approach."
A cornerstone of Lunar Embassy's claims -- the absence of governmental protest -- is irrelevant, Pop argues, because no protest or response was to be expected "with such trivial claim" in light of accepted international law.
Pop further contends that Dennis Hope's quest, which began in 1980, came too late. "A lunar claim was lodged in Chile back in 1953," Pop says, "and a Declaration of Lunar Ownership was issued by the city of Geneva, Ohio, back in 1966."
So why don't governments put a stop to all this?
"Perhaps -- and this is my opinion, not the government’s -- this is because the government is concerned right now with more important issues," Pop said. "Yet, I hope one day the government will pay attention to the Lunar Embassy’s antics.""

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February 2nd, 2004, United States. Robert Roy Britt's article appears also on MSNBC under the title "Could lunar real estate spark a future war?"
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2004, February 8th. I am interviewed by Marcelo Córdova Silva, a journalist for the Chilean daily La Tercera. His article - "Venta de terrenos en la Luna y planetas cercanos se convierte en moda comercial" speaks about "Virgiliu Pop, investigador de la U. de Glasgow (Escocia) y del Instituto Internacional de Ley Espacial, dijo a La Tercera que lo único que se obtiene de gente como Hope es un trozo de papel que no da derechos de posesión. "Aunque la ley reconociera la propiedad privada en el espacio, Hope no sería dueńo de la Luna. El sólo afirmó que la poseía, tal como alguien dice que es Dios o el Rey del Mundo", explica. Incluso, en 2001 Pop inscribió el Sol a su nombre en el Instituto de Registros Arquímedes para "mostrar cuán ridículo es decir que es mío porque yo lo digo. Si alguien dice  que la Luna es suya, creo que debería pagarme por la luz que recibe de mi propiedad"."

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2004, February 11th. Newhouse News Service publishes "Questions of Property Rights May Bedevil Private Ventures in Space" by Margie Wylie, after interviewing me - "But even if simply asserting ownership could make the moon Hope's, he is a Johnny-come-lately. Virgiliu Pop, a space law expert and lecturer at the University of Lille 2 in Lille, France, points out that between 1950 and 1970 alone, there were at least four other moon claims"

 

 

 

 

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