Bruce Willis fights Apple over music ownership
From online dispatches
American actor Bruce Willis playing the role of John McClane stands on the set during shooting of his film A Good Day to Die Hard. AP photoHollywood action hero Bruce Willis is taking legal action against Apple over his desire to leave the digital music he downloaded from iTunes to his children, Daily Mail reported.
The often-overlooked terms and conditions for Apple iTunes states that the music users download is not purchased but "borrowed," meaning customers do not have the right to transfer ownership of the songs to anyone else.
Willis has apparently spent thousands of dollars on music he stored on "many, many iPods," and wishes to legitimately hand the songs over to his daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallaluh.
He was reportedly considering establishing family trusts as the legal "holders" of the music he downloaded. Another option for the actor would be to support ongoing legal cases in five U.S. states that pit users who want to have more rights over the music they downloaded against Apple.
Legal actions against Apple have faced tremendous difficulties, the Daily Mail reported, as the company has come to wield enormous legal power because it strategically established itself at the dawn of the digital music age. Apple can freeze iTunes accounts of people it believes are passing on music to others.
Willis' time as an occasional musician has helped make him passionate about who owns digital recordings. Willis has previously played in a blues band called the "Loose Goose," but has recently played guitar and sung with "The Accelerators."