September 19, 2011
When you die, does your Facebook account die with you? Or that online photo album? What about your iTunes playlist, blogs or tweets?
Gerry Beyer, a professor at Texas Tech University School of Law, said the definition of "digital assets" remains subject to interpretation. A key issue is whether what is in the online accounts is "property" with any value.
This leaves open a great potential for litigation, he said.
"You could think the last month of tweets from (late British singer) Amy Winehouse would be valuable... what if the company erases it all?" said Beyer. Some accounts may have actual value, such as revenue-producing blogs, while others may have important sentimental value.