Willis or No Willis: Passing on Your Downloads When You Pass

In fact, David Goldman, an estate attorney, has created a piece of software called DAPTrust that creates a digital vault for digital assets to help people and estate lawyers prepare.

"We came up with an integrated piece of software, which was a one way vault. It is a very secure, encrypted system that allows people to create and assign survivorship provisions to your digital assets," David Goldman told ABC News. "Those might include something as simple as your Gmail account."

The software is intended to be used by estate attorneys to help clients. DAPTrust is in the final stages of beta testing now and should be available this month.

However, the process of setting up a digital trust can be complicated and requires an attorney's involvement, which is why others might just consider passing on their log-in credentials, including password and payment information, for various digital services to their next-of-kin before they pass. Even if one's heir didn't have the ability to then save that music or media to their account, they'd still have the ability to access it.

Similarly, in the case of music, there's also the possibility of burning the songs to a CD. This wasn't recommended by the experts, however; it isn't entirely legal.

With all that, all the experts ABC News spoke with were actually happy when the Willis rumor mill kicked into high gear on Monday, if only for the attention it brought to the matter.

"He would be pursuing a very noble battle," Carroll said. "Until there is enough public awareness of the problem or consumer pressure, we will have to maintain the current status."

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 17148612.
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...