Wants to leave digital music collection to daughters

September 3, 2012, 11:51 amYahoo!7 Music

It would appear that most of us have never read the terms and conditions of purchase for iTunes, including Hollywood action hero Bruce Willis. Until now, that is.


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In an intriguing move, The Daily Mail is reporting that 'Die Hard' star Bruce Willis is considering taking legal action against computer giant Apple to gain the right to pass his iTunes song collection on to his daughters after his death.

Bruce Willis with daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallulah Belle in 2006. Credit: FilmMagic

Firstly, the man isn't dying (or at least not that we know of). We've got a feeling he's been doing that thing that nobody does, reading the iTunes terms and conditions, perhaps while on set between takes on a movie.

Secondly, it raises a little known fact about iTunes -- you technically only 'borrow' the music you purchase from the store under license, and upon your death the music is no longer yours, and can't be passed on to anyone else. In technical terms, Apple's terms and conditions state that you're buying the right to listen to the music, what they call a non-transferable license, and that you don't actually own it. Which means that you can't pass it on after death. It also means that if you've amassed a rather large music collection from the digital music distributor, it's worth bupkis when you die.

Reports are suggesting Willis has spent 'thousands' on iTunes downloads, and is now asking his legal team to set up a family trust as the 'holder' of the purchased music. He's also alleged to be supporting legal moves that increase the rights of downloaders.

If Willis goes ahead with the legal challenge, it won't just benefit his family, it's also likely to benefit the millions of users who have purchased music from the Apple iTunes Store.

Willis with newest daughter Mabel Ray in May this year. Credit: Emma Heming/Twitter

Willis, 57, has three daughters Rumer, 24, Scout, 21, and Tallulah Belle, 18, to ex-wife Demi Moore. Willis' second wife, Emma Heming, gave birth to their daughter, Mabel Ray Willis, on April 1 this year.

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  1. metalife08:01pm Monday 03rd September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    This really pisses me off. How many musicians have developed their interest in music after going through a deceased parents record collection? Just another show of how impersonal the digital age is and you know what the worst thing is? PEOPLE LET IT HAPPEN!

  2. metalife07:56pm Monday 03rd September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Hate downloading music. It has killed the music industry. I'll stick with C.Ds. Fuck the modern trends.

  3. C.D07:53pm Monday 03rd September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Even as someone who strictly uses physical media to listen to music (CDs and whatnot), I commend Mr. Willis on his stance on behalf of the people that have selected iTunes as their medium of choice.

  4. Ray07:27pm Monday 03rd September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    i have never purchased music from itunes for that reason. if you are presented with a written contract, you would read it before signing yes? why the hell should ANY contract/tearms and cond be any different. Apple is dumbing down the people and you guys and girls who dont take the time to educate yourselves by doing a little reading are letting them. &*%$ you apple.

  5. Kaz07:16pm Monday 03rd September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It's really simple - Apple are just a bunch of Capitalistic Assholes. They are making billions, in my opinion unfairly sueing Samsung (who have a far superior product) .....I would call them C@&%$ but that would be obviously deleted. Go Bruce - Ideally, get your shit together the rest of the punters out there and stop buying anything from Apple with it's strict limitations. Lots of other stuff to buy from legitimate operators via Android or Windows that is NOT limited

  6. Margaret06:43pm Monday 03rd September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I was not aware, thank you Bruce Willis. It is good someone not only reads the conditions but is prepared to take action.

  7. Margaret06:42pm Monday 03rd September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I was not aware, thank you Bruce Willis. It is good someone not only reads the conditions but is prepared to take action.

  8. kerry06:26pm Monday 03rd September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Yo go go Bruce,I love him, In my eyes he can do no wrong

  9. Matt06:21pm Monday 03rd September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    i can just see it can not have this music it was rented by your do realize that my dad was John (yippe-ki-ay mother fucker) McClane?...oh shit my bad here have the music. i mean what are apple gonna do come take my ipod when i die and erase the music from it?

  10. Sandy06:13pm Monday 03rd September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Stick it to em Bruce! What a load of BS that we don't fully own the download.


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