Policy on Dead’s Facebook Account Overruled by Court


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State helps parents access dead child’s Facebook content
Do you know that even if you inherited the dead user’s password, it’s against Facebook’s terms of service for you to use it?

http://pochp.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/coping-with-death-and-facebook/

‘Virginia has made it easier for parents and legal guardians to obtain Facebook content and other digital assets created by a child who has passed away.

‘This week, the Virginia General Assembly voted to adopt a new bill, HP 1752, that compels online account service providers such as Facebook to provide the guardian of a deceased minor with online assets within 30 days after receiving a written request.

‘The bill, which currently awaits the governor’s signature, passed the state Senate on Monday before gaining approval in the House yesterday…’
news.cnet

How Even Copyrighted Background Noise Could Curse You
No joke, believe it or not
Dashcam meteor videos blocked in Germany because of copyrighted background music

‘Last weak’s Russian meteor explosion was captured in stunning detail by dashboard camera videos, but German YouTube viewers might not be able to see them. Ars Technica reports that background music in some of the highly popular videos runs afoul of copyright agreements, causing them to be blocked. Google’s Content ID system automatically filters videos for music, then bulk-licenses songs so they can be included. But in Germany, the company has faced challenges from music industry group GEMA, which alleges it’s using songs without licensing them. As part of a 2012 lawsuit, Google is required to filter copyrighted material in Germany, and negotiations with GEMA broke down in January. As a result, many videos — including the meteor one below — are marked as blocked because “GEMA has not granted the publishing rights thereto.”…’
www.theverge

LivesOn will keep you tweeting after death
‘A new application will soon allow users to keep posting Twitter updates from beyond the grave, independently using intricate knowledge of your online character to create a virtual continuation of your personality after you die.

­’“When your heart stops beating, you’ll keep tweeting,” says the new application’s tagline.

‘’LivesOn’ will let users pursue ‘life after death’ on their social media profiles, letting the deceased communicate with loved ones. LivesOn will keep posting after you kick the bucket, following the example of the DeadSocial platform…’
rt.com

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