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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 StevoLincolnite on 9/4/2012 1:23:58 AM , Rating: 2
It's actually a whole grey area.

For example, go jump on Steam and try buying a game... It doesn't say "License this game" or "Rent this game" it says "Buy this game".
For that, I own my games in my country because of consumer protection laws/advertising that I'm buying the games and not renting; and the fact that Eula's cannot override my basic consumer rights.

Jump across the Pond to the USA however and it's more of a "Consumer beware" scenario as there has been no one to contest these Eula's, until they are contested nothing will change.

RE: Welcome to Apple's world
By bug77 on 9/4/2012 9:43:57 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, well, try blocking all connections to Steam and then moving those games to another computer, see if you can still play any of them. Then you'll know who's the owner.

By StevoLincolnite on 9/4/2012 10:17:28 AM , Rating: 3
I'm the owner. I have cracks for all my games if I ever need them for my purchased copies.

RE: Welcome to Apple's world
By GotThumbs on 9/4/2012 9:47:46 AM , Rating: 3
I think you just hit a home run for all the lawyers out there.

The Buy it Now phrase communicates that you are buying the song or content...not leasing it. It is misleading and could be the source for a million dollar payout.

I am NOT one who likes the sue happy world we live in now, but with Apple being the biggest abuser.......I say it's time to go the mattresses against Apple.

Apples time is long past due for getting called on their wall'd garden ecosystem. Where is the DOJ? Oh, yea....ignoring US Laws and protecting the right to vote for illegals. Sarcastic, but true.

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