October 10, 2011
When ill-fated 16-year-old Ajmal-ur-Rahman (cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin's nephew) died in an accident last month while racing his 1000 cc motor bike in Hyderabad, his grief-stricken friend Shaad Ali Khan turned to a social networking site.
Some accounts may have actual value, such as revenue-producing blogs, while others may have important sentimental value. A key issue is whether what is in the online accounts is "property" with any value. This leaves open a great potential for litigation, say experts. "You could think the tweets from the late British singer Amy Winehouse would be valuable... what if the company erases it all?" said Gerry Beyer, a professor at Texas Tech University's School of Law.