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You Don’t Own Your Amazon And iTunes Stuff

by | 31st, January 2014

You might think that you own the stuff you’ve bought from Amazon and iTunes. After all, you’ve coughed up the cash for it, all that music, those electronics books, they’re all on your devices. But sad to say you don’t in fact own it: you’re only renting it .

More than £30 billion of films, music and books bought through iTunes and Amazon could vanish when their owners die.

Where once a relative could bequeath their precious book library or Beatles collection to a loved one, this is not strictly possible with downloaded digital files because they are not owned by the purchaser.

Matthew Strain, partner at solicitors Strain-Kerville, says: ‘It boils down to this: you don’t have the same rights as with print books, DVDs and CDs. Rather, you own a licence to use the digital files — so when you die, they expire with you.’

That’s absolutely correct: you’ve not actually bought it, you’ve only paid for a licence to use it for your lifetime. So banish any thoughts

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