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Submission + - Question: Can I leave DRMd content I've bought from Amazon to anyone in my will? (amazon.com) 1

User8201 writes: I was just wondering if anyone knows what happens to all my Kindle e-books, etc. when I die! Can I leave them to someone as an inheritance? Will Amazon delete my account when thy discover I'm no longer living? Because "print" books (as well as non-DRM'd content I can download) can be left for other people to inherit. Maybe people in the future will only have old dead tree books to remember us by, and will have no idea about any newer stuff that we might have read in this time period online.

I almost wish Amazon would use a "key escrow" service ala the Clipper fiasco to make sure people in the future can decrypt the archive of DRM'd content we may accumulate in our lifetime. (Kindle can store files on my hard drive, but I don't think anyone will be able to read them without the encryption keys, courtesy of DRM!)

Does anyone know the answer?

"Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats." -- Howard Aiken