â€œWe're not just leaving a couple of shoeboxes full of mementos behind,â€ Kiesel said. â€œWe're leaving behind potentially thousands of photographs and all kinds of aspects of our lives online.â€
Lackey's colleague at Mayer Brown, Los Angeles-based attorney John Nadolenco, said the law and any like it could ultimately face a challenge in a courtroom, and then again in appeals courts. And deep-pocketed social networking companies could have a stake in the fight, especially because social networking information or data could be monetized, particularly in the case of deceased celebrities.
â€œCertainly the information has value,â€ Nadolenco said. â€œThe advertising market proves it. The site might think ... it's not for the user to transfer it to their estate, to some beneficiary, (or) to the executor to use thereafter.â€