A law passed in Oklahoma provides for executors to access social media accounts and, presumably, distribute their holdings. So if you don't write out that will with LegalZoom, a judge will decide who gets your Second Life counterfeit fuck coffin.
The rights of 'avatars' — more to the point, the people who control them and their virtual assets — is an interesting and murky part of legal issues, EULAs, and player-company relations. Court cases have been tried over 'illegal' seizing of assets, and with the amount of time (and money) that people pour into their…
Ok, so virtual property disputes aren't exactly new, but there's a little wrap up on some of the current issues over at a Canadian website. Most of the issues discussed revolve around Second Life, but the questions of virtual property and other virtual issues are getting increasing attention: