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  •  I believe the Treaty of Tordesillas (3+ / 0-)
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    offers vital precedent we need to take into account

    The Treaty of Tordesillas, signed at Tordesillas on June 7, 1494 divided the world outside of Europe in a exclusive duopoly between the Spanish and the Portuguese along a north-south meridian 370 leagues (1770 km) west of the Cape Verde Islands, roughly 46° 37′ W. The lands to the east would belong to Portugal and the lands to the west to Spain. The treaty was ratified by Spain, July 2, and by Portugal, September 5, 1494.

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    The remaining exploring nations of Europe such as France, England, and the Netherlands were explicitly refused access to the new lands, leaving them only options like piracy, unless they (as they did later) rejected the papal authority to divide undiscovered countries. The view taken by the rulers of these nations is epitomised by the quotation attributed to Francis I of France demanding to be shown the clause in Adam’s will excluding his authority from the New World.

    The lesson the US government should heed is the need to be cautious about making legal assertions concerning extra-terrestrial property rights. If the US seeks to establish a legal regime for property rights, other nations can benefit by undermining that regime, even if those nations don't really care about space exploration.

    Geo-politically, it is very very tricky.

    "Seeing our planet as a whole, enables one to see our planet as a whole" - Tad Daley

    by Bill White on Sun Dec 28, 2008 at 07:58:44 PM PST

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    •  I agree that unilateral deciscions on (0+ / 0-)

      offplanet property rights setup exactly what you are talking about.  But  dont see that we have to follow he Bush model

      •  I'll do a property rights diary someday (0+ / 0-)

        I've done some ISDC presentations a few years back.

        The answer (IMHO) shall require some truly creative political jujitsu.

        Establishing a property rights regime that is (a) fair & just while also being (b) supportive of actual development will not be easy and getting (a) wrong means that (b) will not be accomplished.

        "Seeing our planet as a whole, enables one to see our planet as a whole" - Tad Daley

        by Bill White on Sun Dec 28, 2008 at 08:40:52 PM PST

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