Monday, January 16, 2006

Who owns my mp3s when I die?

The ultimate question for all you music lovers and mp3 freaks. Who owns your mp3s when you die? The following is one answer. From Ask MetaFilter:
Finally, Neale originally asked "Who owns my mp3s when I die?". Even assuming that (1) you obtained your MP3s in violation of copyright law, and (2) you transferred them to your heirs in violation of copyright law, your heirs would still "own" the mp3s until the copyright owner (RIAA) brought suit, won, and convinced a court to impound your harddrive. (RIAA would also need to bring this suit within a few years of your death.) All in all, this seems pretty unlikely to me.

So the short answer is, "Your heirs will probably own your mp3 collection."
(Thanks Tzar)


Anonymous said...

One word. GOD!

Since God owns everything in this world ya. No? Ha!!!!

Anonymous said...

I've been wanting to ask this for a long time.

Who owns my porn when I die?

Anonymous said...

U cld write a will which says that your hardisk (wif ur mp3 collection) should be buried with you when you die.

Anonymous said...

Or you guys can pass your mp3s and porn collection to me. :oP

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

Hahaha. Converted to wma files a year ago. No more mp3 files for me.

Anonymous said...

I'll pass on the mp3s but porn pass over.