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Old 12-30-2009, 09:15 PM   #1
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Can Kindle account be inherited? (hypothetical question)

While thinking about how Kindle works, this situation came to my mind: what if the account owner dies?

In case of the regular books they will become a part of an estate.

What about Kindle books? Will heirs be able to inherit them and just use them like the original owner? Or the access to the account will cease as the password vanishes in the deceased parson's head?
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if you read the terms of the kindle and ebook license, the account hold licenses to the ebooks you've bought... i'm sure amazon should be able to transfer ownership of the account to someone else with the presence of a death certificate, assuming the original owner registered properly... but you never know...

why this strange question?
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why this strange question?
I have a penchant for strange, odd questions.
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This reminds me of those online companies that are claiming to be a "will" for your electronic life. Everyone has email, facebook, etc, etc, accounts. If you die, who has the rights and/or access to that information?

It's going to be an interesting development in the near future. I say just put the info (passwords, etc) in your will, but that sounds too simple, now doesn't it?

Of course many companies are seeing the potential green and profit off of ensuring your "digital lifestyle" is protected. Lol, just use your will and hope these shady companies go out of business.
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Old 12-31-2009, 07:16 AM   #5
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I don't see why this should be any different from any other kind of inheritance.

When you die, your property goes into your estate. Eventually, the estate gets distributed among the beneficiaries -- whether those specified in your will, or, if you didn't make a will, according to the law in the relevant state or country. It doesn't matter what Amazon or anyone else write in their terms and conditions. They can't override the rights of the beneficiaries.

Of course, they'll be practical difficulties, like the question of passwords. But those don't affect the legal situation.
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I have a penchant for strange, odd questions.
You could always send an email to CS kindle support........It would be interesting to post the answer.
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I don't see why this should be any different from any other kind of inheritance.

When you die, your property goes into your estate. Eventually, the estate gets distributed among the beneficiaries -- whether those specified in your will, or, if you didn't make a will, according to the law in the relevant state or country. It doesn't matter what Amazon or anyone else write in their terms and conditions. They can't override the rights of the beneficiaries.

Of course, they'll be practical difficulties, like the question of passwords. But those don't affect the legal situation.
that's why i have a list of (important) online accounts and passwords in my safety deposit box
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