Bruce Willis is not suing iTunes over ‘inheritance’, says wife

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By Staff /  04 Sep 2012 , 09:33

A Daily Mail report that actor Bruce Willis was considering legal action against Apple after he discovered he is not allowed to leave his huge iTunes music collection to his daughters has been debunked by his wife, Emma Hemming on Twitter. Here’s her tweet.

https://twitter.com/EmmaHeming/status/242631258310594562

The Daily Mail report says that, if he succeeds, he could benefit not just himself and his family but the millions who have purchased songs from Apple’s iTunes Store.

According to the story, Willis discovered that like all of us do at one point that , music online is actually licensed to users for an indefinite period. Buying the song on iTunes is not equivalent to owning it.

Now while the idea of a lawsuit against Apple does sound appealing to a lot of people, the story is most definitely not true. This has already sparked a meme on 9Gag, highlighting how good it is of Bruce Willis to finally sue Apple after reading their ridiculous ‘Terms of agreement’. (By the way does anyone actually do that?)

The Guardian, has a detailed piece on why the story isn’t true, as nobody bothered to talk to Willis or his agents. You can view that here.

Reuters

The story said Willis, 57, wants to leave to his huge digital music collection to his daughters, Rumer Scout, 20 and 18-year-old Tallulah from ex-wife Demi Moore.

The problem with all digital content from Software to Music is that very often people don’t read all the terms of agreement. Most digital content is licensed only to the user and cannot be passed on. This is the case with software such as Microsoft Office and also extends to the music you buy online.

The issue of digital content ownership remains at best a murky one. But sadly Bruce Willis isn’t going to come to our rescue on this one.


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