Selling Adresses is Legal?

A question often asked, a question to which it seems everyone has an answer, and of course a good answer.

Everyone is lawyers

A question often asked, a question to which it seems everyone has an answer, and of course a good answer. I am surprised to see so many jurists and lawyers among urbex explorers. The truth is that most of them know nothing about it, have no legal experience, and have not read anything on the subject and only report what they have heard here and there. They seem to them that saying that the sale of locations is prohibited is fair, legitimate. In short, it goes without saying that the people who make up the urbex community are rather young and their words are all too often supported by nothing at all.

Prerequisites and context

Before opening this website, we wanted to have no concerns about the legality of what we were going to do. It is only natural to consult a professional on this issue, in this case a lawyer. I will spoil you the answer if you have the laziness to read on, and if surprising can be for you, to tell you that the sale of urbex addresses is legal. According to the lawyer, there is nothing illegal about selling GPS coordinates, but under certain conditions:

  1. I can only speak here of the French case, as the legislation differs from country to country
  2. As it is a company like any other, it must of course be registered in the Trade Register and meet the legal and tax requirements that follow.
  3. The sale of GPS coordinates is not illegal, many sites have made it their business, starting for example with Tripadvisor, which offers you GPS coordinates of tourist sites by remunerating itself through advertising.

Concrete examples

As such, the sale of GPS coordinates is not illegal, but some of its consequences can be controversial. Let me explain, let’s take the example of an explorer who is injured on a place whose coordinates have been sold to him on this website. Can he turn against my company? He can still try, I can’t stop him. Let’s take another example, if an explorer is arrested by the police and wants to sue me for compensation. I can’t stop him either.

The most important guarantee: the T&Cs

As with any sale, there is a contract between the buyer and the seller. This contract, in our case, is the T&Cs. The customer must accept them before each purchase. He therefore agrees with the terms of the contract we are proposing, and it is this contract that allows us to protect ourself against all these dangers. For example, with regard to accidents that an explorer may have, our T&Cs state that : “In any case, the seller can not be held responsible for the harmful material and / or physical and / or psychological consequences of the practice of Urbex by the Customer. This includes, without restriction, the deprivation of liberty or the death of the client.

You have understood the principle, the sale of GPS coordinates is not illegal. However, what the customer do can be illegal. And the T&C are our shield.

Below, an excerpt from the T&Cs, which you can find in their entirety in the footer menu

 

Article 8 – Exclusions of guarantee of the seller

8.1. The seller does not guarantee the addresses sold in the pack. He is only a research facilitator.

8.2. It is also recalled that only GPS coordinates are sold and not the opportunity to visit the premises, the seller does not guarantee the accessibility of places.

8.3. The Customer is reminded that the GPS coordinates sold may correspond to abandoned, hidden or forgotten places. The practice of the urbex is a risky practice. Indeed, some abandoned places can be degraded and have traps that should not be neglected: unstable or brittle floors, sharp glasses, hidden holes, presence of animals or hostile people.

The seller warns the Customer against these places. In any case, the seller can not be held responsible for the harmful material and / or physical and / or psychological consequences of the practice of Urbex by the Customer. This includes, without restriction, the deprivation of liberty or the death of the client.

8.4. The seller does not encourage you to enter properties without permission. If access to the premises is prohibited, the Customer is reminded that the authorization of the owner or guardians is necessary to enter. Indeed, breaking into private property or public places closed to the visit is punishable by law. The seller declines all responsibility for the consequences of entry without permission.

In any case, in the absence of authorization and in case of doubt, the Customer is not advised to enter a private property.

The seller does not encourage the violation of private property and advises against any infringement.

The responsibility of the seller can not be engaged in case of violation of private property or damage caused on this occasion.

8.5. The website www.easyurbex.com contains hypertext links that may link to other websites. The responsibility of www.easyurbex.com can not be held liable for the content of these websites if they contravene the legal and regulatory provisions in force.