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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Oklahoma Gives Executors Right to Control Deceased's Online Social Media Accounts

Oklahoma Oklahoma recently passed House Bill 2800, a law giving executors or administrators the power to access, administer, or terminate the deceased’s online social media accounts. The law, which is the first of its kind in the United States, assumes that a Facebook account or other online account is the property of its creator. Former state Representative Ryan Kiesel, who co-authored the bill, acknowledges that this law conflicts with most service agreements, but that the law is intended to force people to consider what they leave behind on Facebook and other online accounts.

See New Oklahoma Law Puts Control of Deceased’s Social Media Accounts in Estate Executors, International Business Times, Dec. 2, 2010.

Special thanks to Jesse Davis (Co-founder of Entrustet.com) for bringing this to my attention.


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You may also be interested in an earlier Connecticut statute:

CONN. GEN. STAT. ANN. § 45a-334a(b) (West 2006).

and also this article, available online:

Jonathan J. Darrow & Gerald R. Ferrera, Who Owns a Decedent’s E-Mails? Inheritable Probate Assets or Property of the Network?, 10 NYU JOURNAL OF LEGISLATION & PUBLIC POLICY 281 (2007) (Adapted as: Jonathan J. Darrow & Gerald R. Ferrera, E-Mail is Forever . . . Or Is It?, 11 NO. 10 JOURNAL OF INTERNET LAW 1 (2008)),

available at http://www.law.nyu.edu/ecm_dlv1/groups/public/@nyu_law_website__journals__journal_of_legislation_and_public_policy/documents/documents/ecm_pro_060742.pdf

Posted by: Jonathan J. Darrow | May 12, 2011 8:53:20 AM

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