Cujus est solum

Cujus est solum, ejus est usque ad caelum. He who owns the soil, owns up to the sky. Co. Litt. 4 a; Broom's Max. 172; Shep. To. 90; 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 15, 70.

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For most of history, people never actually visited the sky, but the common law nonetheless had an answer: "cujus est solum ejus est usque ad coelum"--he who owns the soil owns up to the sky.