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Bruce Willis fights to leave his iPod tunes to his family: Actor considering legal action against Apple in battle over who owns songs downloaded from iTunes: Bruce Willis fights to leave his iPod tunes to his family -You Don’t actually own the tracks but instead are ‘borrowing’ them under a licence

Since the First Release of this News Story a Second Story from the Guardian has been Published:

No, Bruce Willis isn’t suing Apple over iTunes rights

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2012/sep/03/no-apple-bruce-willis

* So there is an isuue between the Daily Mail and The Guardian as of 3 Sep 2012

 

Bruce Willis fights to leave his iPod tunes to his family: Actor considering  legal action against Apple in battle over who owns songs downloaded from iTunes

By Neil Sears

PUBLISHED:14:18 EST, 2  September 2012| UPDATED:14:18 EST, 2 September 2012

Action: Actor Bruce Willis, star of the Die Hard films, is considering legal action against AppleAction: Actor Bruce Willis, star of the Die Hard films,  is considering legal action against Apple

Bruce Willis is more usually seen escaping  from explosions and battling terrorists to save the world.

His latest battle, however, takes him to the  considerably quieter world of the courtroom – although he still faces a  formidable opponent.

The Hollywood action hero is said to be  considering legal action against technology giant Apple over his desire to leave  his digital music collection to his daughters.

If he succeeds, he could benefit not  just  himself and his family but the millions who have purchased songs  from Apple’s  iTunes Store.

Willis has discovered that, like anyone who  has bought music online, he does  not actually own the tracks but is instead ‘borrowing’ them under a  licence.

Most purchasers do not bother to read  the  details of the terms and conditions they agree to when buying an  album but the  small print makes it clear that music bought through  iTunes should not be  passed on to others.

Since Willis – who occasionally sings  with a  blues band and has appeared in a video for Damon Albarn’s band  Gorillaz – has  apparently spent thousands of dollars downloading music  on to ‘many, many  iPods’, he is keen to be able to hand it on  legitimately to daughters Rumer,  Scout and Tallaluh.

Jealous: Demi was reportedly cross that her girls appeared on better terms with their father Bruce Willis on the happy dayMusic collection: Bruce Willis hopes to leave his iTunes  music collection to daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallulah
Battle: Willis is considering taking technology giants Apple to court over the collection of music on his iPodBattle: Willis is considering taking technology giants  Apple to court over the collection of music on his iPod

One approach he is reportedly considering is  to ask his legal team to establish family trusts as the ‘holders’ of his  downloaded music.

Another option is to support ongoing legal  action in five US states to give downloaders more rights to do what they want  with their music.

The legal actions face immense difficulties  thanks to the enormous powers Apple established for itself at the start of the  digital music age.

It can freeze the iTunes accounts of those it  believes are passing on music to others and forbids the transfer of songs to MP3  players other than its own iPods.

Similar problems apply to the digital books  millions download to electronic reading devices such as Amazon’s  Kindle.

And, with sales of digital media  rocketing,  the issues around ownership of the books, music and films  involved are  affecting more people.

Solicitor Chris Walton said: ‘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.’

Passing it on: Rumer, Scout and Tallulah could benefit  from the battle if their dad is successful

Willis’s time as an occasional musician has  helped make him passionate about who owns digital recordings.

Originally in a blues band called Loose  Goose, he has more recently played guitar and sung with The Accelerators – performing with them in London and for US troops in Iraq.

Willis, 57, had daughters Rumer, 24, Scout,  20, and Tallulah, 18, with ex-wife Demi Moore, 49.

The family has a public-spirited streak that  suggests the battle with Apple may be aimed at helping others – the children  have spent summer holidays with their parents building a house for the poor in  Guatemala

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2197248/Bruce-Willis-fights-leave-iPod-tunes-family-Actor-considering-legal-action-Apple-battle-owns-songs-downloaded-iTunes.html#ixzz25NiBdbGQ

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