A women, who claims to own the Sun, has sued eBay for refusing her to sell the plots of star on their site.
According to the International Business Times reports, a court in Madrid has ruled that 54-year-old Maria Angeles Duran has the right to have her case heard, Fox News has reported.
The court won’t rule on the larger issue of whether Duran’s claim of ownership was legit, but on the narrower one of whether she violated eBay’s seller agreement.
Duran based her claim on a loophole in the UN’s Outer Space Treaty that says no nation can stake ownership to a heavenly body but makes no mention of individuals, borrowing the strategy used by this entrepreneur’s claim on the moon.
The women from Vigo in the Spanish region of Galicia, has been claiming ownership of part of the Sun since 2010 when she threatened to bill solar power users. She registered the star in her name at a notary office in Spain, before opening an eBay account selling square-metre plots for one euro each.
But two years later eBay pulled Duran’s listings, noting it violated its intangible goods policy and her account was blocked.
Duran threatened to sue, and now one Spanish court has recognised her claim.