Can my iTunes collection form part of my estate?
And so the story about Bruce Willis sueing Apple over his children being unable to inherit his iTunes catalogue was false, despite having been covered by pretty much all of the UK’s media.
The issue of who actually owns purchased digital data however, is an interesting and valid one.
Regardless of whether we’re discussing songs, videos, data or any other form of media, the point is that some people may well have invested considerable sums of money in creating their collection – so what happens to it after they die? For example, should this type of media be treated any differently to an individual’s record collection, book collection or array of antiques? Can digital media really not be classed as part of your estate in much the same way as the former?
In this digital age, this is a question which will most certainly be asked more and more, as technology becomes a basic part of life. It is a question which must be addressed and answered appropriately in accordance with a new generation.
Do you have a collection such as this, which has cost you a considerable amount of money to put together? How do you feel about the current English probate law, which states that you are unable to pass your collection on to anyone else, as part of your estate?