BRUCE WILLIS TO FIGHT APPLE OVER MUSIC RIGHTS AFTER DEATH
BRUCE WILLIS TO FIGHT APPLE OVER MUSIC RIGHTS AFTER DEATH

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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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