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"
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 ..."
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.
May 18th, UK. The Editor, a
supplement of The Guardian, runs a short news
item on "Lots in Space", featuring my solar
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.
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.
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.
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."
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?"
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"),
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.
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.
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.
August 31st - Romania.
I am interviewed by Andreea Demirgian of Radio Romania
International's Panoramic Service.
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"
14, 2003 - Australia. The West Australian publishes
an article on extraterrestrial property rights,
featuring, inter alia, my own views.
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
December 2003 -
Germany. I am interviewed by Jörn Auf dem Kampe
Magazine for a special issue dedicated to the
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.
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."
January 16th - Russia. Computerra magazine
Block") an article by Denis
dealing with space property rights - "Пару
Поп (Virgiliu Pop).
эту игру «за
богу — ибо
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
January 23rd - Romania. Radio Timisoara's Simona
Pele hosts a 35-minute long interview with me on the
show "Cap de Afis" ("Main
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.""
2nd, 2004, United States. Robert Roy Britt's
article appears also on MSNBC under the title
"Could lunar real estate spark a future war?"
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"."
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