Interesting piece in the Wall Street Journal pointing out that content downloaded from Apple or Amazon is merely licensed to the customer and is (somewhere in the forest of fine print) expressly stated to be non-transferable, presumably including to one’s heirs. While some US states have passed legislation to permit access by executors to the e-mail and social media accounts of the deceased, there doesn’t appear to be anything allowing them to get their hands on the dear departed’s collection of disco classics, death metal or what have you. A Florida lawyer has suggested creating a trust to hold online accounts containing music, e-books and movies as a way to circumvent the problem. What the WSJ article doesn’t discuss is what will often constitute the bulk of a late downloader’s digital library: stuff he or she just ripped off from P2P sites. Nemo dat quod non habet, one assumes.

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