More than £30billion of films, music and books bought through iTunes and Amazon could vanish when their owners die.
Where once a relative could bequeath their precious book library or Beatles collection to a loved one, this is not strictly possible with downloaded digital files because they are not owned by the purchaser.
Matthew Strain, partner at solicitors Strain-Keville, says: ‘It boils down to this: you don’t have the same rights as with print books, DVDs and CDs. Rather, you own a licence to use the digital files — so when you die, they expire with you.’
Downloading films, books and music has boomed in the past few years, with users able to put these files on iPads, MP3 players, smartphones and home computers
We store close to £30billion worth of media online, according to research from Rackspace, a web data storage company.
Source: Daily Mail