The 22 ton ebony haul that was dredged up from the Dongjiang River has been reclassified as “without owner”. Mr. Lin had his find confiscated after police received reports of someone selling-off stolen goods at the docks in Huicheng. Although police say Mr. Lin hasn’t committed a crime, according to the “Cultural Relics Protection Law”, relics within China’s internal or territorial waters belong to the state. However, like the decommissioning of buses, such items can be written-off. One netizen asked if compensation could be sought from the state if a tree fell on someone as it’s their property.