Think about your ‘digital life’ when you make your will

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YOU may have a masses of digital music, film and books – but it might not actually be your property, a Sheffield lawyer is warning.

Ben Brown, of Atteys, advises that certain types of digital media, including content from iTunes, are on licence and cannot be passed to family after death as this would infringe copyright.

“There is a consumer issue here, given that many people now spend significant sums on music, books and films and their only copy is the one they keep on a computer or mobile device.

“What would have been their property in the pre-digital era, as a hard copy, is now usually not theirs if it is in digital format.

“People might be able to prevent their digital media collection being lost forever after they die, but to ensure this they need to seek professional advice to ensure they are not infringing copyright or inadvertently creating problems for their loved ones.

“This is another reminder that people should think about their ‘digital lives’ when they make their will, if they don’t want to lose what they think of as prized assets.”