From Here to E-ternity

What happens to your virtual things when you're gone?

Consumers are spending an unprecedented amount buying things they will never actually touch. Shoppers shelled out an estimated $4.5 billion last year for e-books and billions more for music, movies and other stuff that exists only on a computer or in the cloud. The benefits of this digital shift are enormous, but so are the unanswered questions. Among the biggest: As more of the things you buy, make and cherish cease to be tangible, what happens to them all when you die?

It's a problem lawmakers are just beginning to deal with--and one that grows in urgency as we move more...

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