Sunday, August 26, 2007

Intangible Property: Wind


Photograph of Western Siberian Windmills, Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1909-1915) (public domain)

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Sebastian Knauer, Who Owns the Wind?, Der Spiegel online (May 4, 2007):

It's an offense not mentioned in the bible or the statute books. But in a broader sense it is about theft, even when the booty itself is invisible. But it is still a major problem for the German legal system, including a court in Leipzig that is currently hearing a case involving a dispute between the operators of two wind turbine facilities. Who owns the wind?

The parties in the dispute are the owner of a wind farm in Deliztsch in the eastern German state of Saxony and a businessman, who wants to set up a bigger wind farm in the immediate vicinity.

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