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Your Digital Library Isn’t Yours To Keep

“Non-transferable” rights means digital libraries cannot be willed to the next generation

 
PRLog - Sep. 12, 2012 - In today’s digitally-based world, especially the next generation is accumulating digital libraries that contain tens of thousands of songs, movies, and ebooks.  The question is, though, once purchased, are they really yours? iTunes and Amazon.com grant users a non-transferable license to the songs and books that you download, which works just fine when you are listening to them on your iPod, iPad, or iPhone.  But when a user passes away, those songs and books are not theirs to bequeath as a physical library of books and records would be.

“This is another example of how the laws that affect technology are not up to speed with the development of digital assets” says Darin Klemchuk, co-founder and managing partner of Klemchuk Kubasta LLP.

While there are obviously loopholes for gaining access to digital libraries involving transfer of files from one computer to another or just using the owner’s passwords, assuming you have them, experts are now calling for legal reform to state laws to account for advances in technology and the development of digital assets.



About Darin Klemchuk:
Darin Klemchuk is co-founder and managing partner of Klemchuk Kubasta LLP, a Dallas-based IP boutique law firm that offers comprehensive intellectual property legal services, including litigation and enforcement of all forms of intellectual property as well as registration and licensing of patents, trademarks, trade dress and copyrights.  For Mr. Klemchuk’s full bio, click here.  To contact Mr. Klemchuk, email him at darin.klemchuk@kk-llp.com

About Klemchuk Kubasta LLP:
Based in Dallas, Texas, Klemchuk Kubasta LLP is an IP boutique law firm that offers comprehensive intellectual property legal services, including litigation and enforcement of all forms of intellectual property as well as registration and licensing of patents, trademarks, trade dress, and copyrights.  The firm also provides legal services relating to domain names, e-commerce, privacy policies, social media, Internet law, commercial and business litigation, technology transactions, and international business & trade.  Additional information about the firm and its attorneys may be found at www.kk-llp.com.

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