A further example of technology creating difficult issues is that increasingly people buy books or music which they store on a device. Many people have a Kindle or a similar e-reader on which they store “books”.

If a person dies and they have a library consisting of actual hardcopy books or CD’s (or even vinyl records) then they can easily leave the physical items in their Will to named beneficiaries. In the case of e-books and downloads however, there is a real question as to who is the owner of the item. It may seem to most people that the person who paid for them is the owner, but, in fact that person is probably only paying for a licence to read the books or listen to the music and not obtaining an interest in the property itself. The best solution at this stage I think is to leave the e-book reader, or other device to somebody “along with its contents”.