UPDATE: Bruce Willis May Sue Apple Over iTunes Digital Ownership
September 3, 2012 11:14 AM
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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
's story, commenting on her Twitter:
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
under advisement, jerkweed!"
That's the message Bruce Willis, 57, is sending to Apple, Inc. (
star, an avid music fan who plays in a blues band called
, 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
those tracks, and that he was merely
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 with daughters Rumer, Scout, and Tallalu [Image Source: FameFlynet]
UK attorney Chris Walton tells the
, "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."
Amazon.com, Inc. (
) -- 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
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
that the story is untrue.
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9/3/2012 1:48:08 PM
If you still really want to use iTunes or another download source instead of buying physiucal media it's pretty easy to get around this. Backup the tracks then use them however you want. Would Apple know if the hundreds of mp3's you just added to iTunes were originally from another iTunes account (as long as there's no DRM)?
9/3/2012 3:07:39 PM
I think you'd also have to strip out some metadata from the mp3s. If I remember correctly, iTunes includes some info about who 'bought' the song in there, although this would probably only come up if they decided to charge you with copyright infringement at some point. Confirmation?
9/3/2012 4:40:37 PM
There is no DRM with music purchases anyway. Movies and applications are where you still have it
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