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Rays of hope

Rays of hope

No doubt you’ve heard of cases of intellectual property theft in China. But would it surprise you that the nation is taking some pioneering steps in cases of “sunlight theft” too? That was the surprise finding of a court in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province.

According to the Metropolis Times, 12 homeowners recently sued a property developer for building a 13 storey tower directly in front of their own residences. They argued that their homes had been deprived of sunlight by the new, taller building.

In an unexpected verdict, the court was convinced by their cause and ordered the developer to pay Rmb520,000 ($75,920) to the homeowners as compensation for “blocking the rays of the sun”.

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