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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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RE: Welcome to Apple's world
By dsumanik on 9/3/2012 8:15:05 PM , Rating: 5
Hello world.

Wake up people...there is a massive resource grab out there right now, not just for gold, but for information too, and soon, access to it.

Your friend is bittorrent with an encrypted vpn.

Cover your tracks, RIGHT NOW.

Really this is rediculous...I could pay too much money for media and wind up not actually owning it...

or I simply download it for free with


MPAA RIAA.... can you see any reason why I should do business with you?

The vehicle industry has leasing.
The housing industry has rentals.

The music industry has...licensing?

Yeah PHUCK YOU big media.

When Apple et al starts to play fair, so will I.

Whats fair?

For starters I own what i paid you for.

RE: Welcome to Apple's world
By glennco on 9/3/2012 8:28:57 PM , Rating: 3
exactly. why pay if you don't even own it. what i don't buy on CD I pirate. Apple has just replaced greedy music execs and the music industry is in worse shape because Apple seems to be the only one making any money

RE: Welcome to Apple's world
By Tony Swash on 9/3/12, Rating: 0
RE: Welcome to Apple's world
By JPForums on 9/4/2012 3:10:16 PM , Rating: 2
Correct me I am wrong but I thought Apple removed DRM from music whenever the labels agreed to do so
This is true. They've never been a fan of DRM as it is just another unnecessary expense to them.
Apple's licensing terms for music are largely dictated by the music publishers and labels.
This is also true. The problem is that Apple is the one directly dealing with consumers, not publishers and labels. Therefore, consumers must address the issue with Apple whether they realize where the policy comes from or not. So while it is not necessarily Apple's fault, it is their problem. Apple has a lot of clout to throw around and will renegotiate the terms with publishers and labels when there is enough dissension to warrant it. Until then, I suggest anyone who doesn't like the terms, vote with your dollars. If you really like Apples services, make them aware that they will regain your business if/when the policy changes. When enough others of like mind join you, things will change. Alternately, you can just accept things the way they are and get on with your life.
Everything else Apple does — software, iTunes, Genius Bars — only exists to push up hardware sales and profits.
Jean-Louis Gassée
This is one reason why people get so polarized with Apple. While you may assign great value to certain services, as long as Apple still gets the hardware sale, they are happy. So if you really want to change Apple, it is often an all or nothing proposition.

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