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Willis is upset that his thousands of dollars in music "purchases" are the property of Apple

Update: Sept. 3, 2012 2:00 p.m.

Bruce Willis's wife, Emma Heming raised questions regarding the authenticity of the Daily Mail's story, commenting on her Twitter:
Emma Heming

However, she has not responded to subsequent request asking for clarification that Bruce Willis did not discuss his frustrations with the UK publication.

"Let's see you take this under advisement, jerkweed!"

That's the message Bruce Willis, 57, is sending to Apple, Inc. (AAPLaccording to the UK-based Mail Online (Daily Mail).

The Die Hard star, an avid music fan who plays in a blues band called The Accelerators, has a large collection of songs which he legally purchased from Apple via iTunes.  But he was dismayed to discover in the provisions of the iTunes terms of service (TOS) that he did not actually own those tracks, and that he was merely licensing them from Apple.

His plan had been to will his iTunes library to his three beloved daughters -- Rumer (24), Scout (20), Tallalu (18), and his newest child, Mabel Ray, whom he just had with his wife Emma Heming.  Mr. Willis says he has owned "many, many iPods" and was dismayed to discover that Apple regularly shuts down the accounts of users it suspects are passing on their music to family members.

The actor is pondering suing Apple over the TOS and/or lending his high profile backing to efforts in five U.S. states to legislate downloaders' rights, efforts which would grant purchasers ownership rights.

Bruce Willis w. daughters
Bruce Willis with daughters Rumer, Scout, and Tallalu [Image Source: FameFlynet]

UK attorney Chris Walton tells the Mail, "Lots of people will be surprised on learning all those tracks and books they have bought over the years don’t actually belong to them. It’s only natural you would want to pass them on to a loved one.  The law will catch up, but ideally Apple and the like will update their policies and work out the best solution for their customers.", Inc. (AMZN) -- one of the largest digital distributors after Apple -- follows an identical policy with its e-books.  Customers license the digital books, but don't own them, despite often paying $10 USD per book or more.

Mr. Willis, who enjoys moonlighting as a singer and guitarist, recently played for U.S. troops serving in Iraq.  While most famous for his iconic appearance as police officer John McClane in the Die Hard series, Mr. Willis's solo album The Return of Bruno peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200 in 1987, thanks in part to a strong ensemble of backing artists including Booker T. Jones, Ruth Pointer, and The Temptations.

Updated @ 2:49pm
Bruce Willis' wife has tweeted that the story is untrue.

Sources: Mail Online, Twitter

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You know how he'll go in court...
By Ramstark on 9/3/2012 12:29:00 PM , Rating: 4
Yippie kai ei you mother suing F*****!!

RE: You know how he'll go in court...
By GulWestfale on 9/3/12, Rating: 0
RE: You know how he'll go in court...
By BZDTemp on 9/3/2012 2:22:56 PM , Rating: 1
I'm pretty sure nothing has been released under the name "bruno" - maybe you're confused due to the name of the Bruce Willis album. Also afaik there is one compilation album which is pretty much a remastering of the two original ones and if that is ripping someone off then any artist with remasters have been ripping people off.

All in all I think you're being a bit silly and instead you should be glad the Bruce is helping to highlight the issue of music ownership.

RE: You know how he'll go in court...
By BZDTemp on 9/3/2012 7:04:56 PM , Rating: 1

I'd rather not get into a lengthly explanation of the difference between an album title and the name of an artist so here is a quote from the wiki you linked to "The Return of Bruno is the debut album by actor Bruce Willis".

Bonus question :-)
The album "Upstairs at Eric's" was released by:
A. Some guy named Eric.
B. The band called Yazoo.

By foolsgambit11 on 9/3/2012 2:53:04 PM , Rating: 2
Best of, most of, satiate the need
Slip them into different sleeves
Buy both and feel deceived
Climber, new entry, reentry....

By mosu on 9/3/2012 4:36:44 PM , Rating: 2
Really good research...Is it yours or Apple PR?

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