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 February 11, 2015  Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

Steven Greenhut writes:

How far should your property rights extend above your house? That was one question I recall at a University of San Diego forum hosted years ago by the late law professor Bernie Siegan. I’ve occasionally paraphrased an answer from a participating academic: Somewhere between a few feet and a few miles above the property.

It’s a great answer. There is not always a simple answer on complex rights and privacy questions. Such matters are worked out in courts and legislatures. We start with core principles. For instance, property owners should be free to enjoy their property without being deafened by aircraft, just as airline passengers should be able to get to their destination. Then we work it out from there.

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