Maria Callas lived from 1923 until 1977. She was an American born Greek opera singer who was nicknamed La Davina. Despite her death, she will be performing in November at the London Coliseum, as a hologram image accompanied by a live orchestra.

This type of concert is becoming more popular, especially when those who own the rights to musicians work realise that there is money to be made from it. Dr Ruth Penfold Mounce has researched this topic in her excellent book Death, The Dead and Popular Culture and quoting from this book she says:

Celebrity posthumous careers not only reveal family and legal conflict over the ownership of the dead and their post-humous career income but also the rise of an industry specifically targeting the management of dead celebrities.

Considering your own personal digital legacy is not just important for celebrities. If you own something that is stored digitally such as music or unpublished written work, you should give some consideration to what you want to happen to it when you die. Imagine your relatives arguing over who is entitled to have the proceeds from your own work.

Social Embers has produced a Digital Legacy Toolkit, which is a good place to start for recording your own personal details of digital accounts that may be of some value. You can use this in addition to making a legal will for your estate. Some of your digital content may not have a monetary value, but it may carry emotional value when you consider photographs and films and voice recordings.

If you don’t have tickets to Maria’s concert, you can still listen to her beautiful singing on YouTube, which did not even exist when she died!

Link to the London Coliseum website.

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