‘“Ye Shall Inherit My Magic Sword!”: Post-Mortem Ownership in Virtual Worlds’

Edina Harbinja, Virtual Worlds – a Legal Post-Mortem Account, 11 SCRIPTed 273 (3d ed 2014). Have you ever thought of who will have access to your email when you die? If you have social media, have you prepared a digital will that will allow your loved ones to dispose of your online presence? Have you ever wondered what happens to people’s digital accounts when they pass away? These and many other questions are part of a growing number of legal issues arising from our increasingly networked life, and it is the main subject of Virtual Worlds – a Legal Post-Mortem Account, which looks at the issue of post-mortem digital arrangements for virtual world accounts, where the author discusses several possible ways of looking at virtual goods to allow them to be transferred when the owner of the account dies. The article is a great addition to the growing scholarship in the area, but it is also an invaluable shot-in-the-arm to the subject of virtual worlds … (more)

[Andres Guadamuz, JOTWELL, 7 March]

First posted 2016-03-07 16:27:03

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