Vocabulary: the law of the land

Usufruct  |  the legal right to use and derive profit from someone else’s property, especially if it would otherwise go to waste, as long as that property is not damaged.
from the Latin phrase usus et fructus, meaning ‘use and enjoyment’.  cf. ‘use and fruits’.  Originially part of Roman civil law.

So it is actually legal to forage from people’s fruit trees, as long as you don’t trespass and they are clearly not going to make use of it themselves.

And if you live in LA, there is even an organisation devoted to revealing the choiciest spots for low-hanging usufruct action.

Now we know!  Let us go forth and forage.

This entry was published on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 11:48 am. It’s filed under minutiae and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: