Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Apple Downloads, Right Ends With Death

It used to be that a loved one's prized record collection would be passed down to a younger person on the family tree who shared a passion for music.  That tradition isn't so easy now that music has entered the digital arena.  Reading this article, a small blurb jumped out at me:
Apple treats a download that you purchase as a license to listen to the music, therefore it is only valid for you and ends when you die.
When filtered through my legal mind, it makes sense.  Downloads contain a purchase agreement, which is a contract.  Upon death, those contractual rights end.  Unlike vinyl collections, those downloads are not considered tangible personal property.

A blog is not a substitute for an attorney; please consult a lawyer in your area for advice specific to your situation.  Thanks for reading!

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