[Post by Venkat Balasubramani]
Ajemian v. Yahoo!, 12-P-178 (Mass. Ct. App. May 7, 2013)
This is a very interesting dispute that raises the question of ownership over digital assets after a person’s death.
Plaintiffs, John Ajemian's (the decedent's) executors and siblings, sued to declare his estate owner of email messages he sent and received via his Yahoo! account. Prior to filing suit, they tried to negotiate with Yahoo! to get access to the account, among other things, to notify friends… [read post