Bruce Willis vs Apple: ‘Die Hard’ actor plans to sue Apple iTunes store over music ownership rights

By on Sep 3, 2012 in Entertainment, Hollywood, Internet, Music Comments

Hollywood actor Bruce Willis is considering a legal action against Apple music store, after learning that those who purchased songs iTunes store do not really own them and have no legal rights to transfer them to their loved ones once he passes away; which the 57-year old “Die Hard” actor said he plans to do.

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis
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As noted at Daily Mail on Sunday, September 2, 2012, Bruce Willis is planning to file a lawsuit vs Apple when he realized that he has no right to transfer his collection of digital songs he bought online from the iTunes store, which is specified in the “Scope of License” portion on their Terms and Conditions page.

“This license granted to you for the Licensed Application by Licensor is limited to a nontransferable license to use the Licensed Application on any Apple-branded products running iOS (including but not limited to iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch) (“iOS Devices”) or…that you own or control.” A statement reads at iTunes store.

“This license does not allow you to use the Licensed Application on any Apple Device that you do not own or control, and except as provided in the Usage Rules, you may not distribute or make the Licensed Application available over a network where it could be used by multiple devices at the same time.” Apple added.

Apparently, the above statements from Apple are saying that the license of Bruce Willis or anyone who purchase songs does not mean they are now the owner of the music, but instead is only “borrowing” them under a license; and is notably similar to the rules of Amazon MP3 store.

“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.” Solicitor Chris Walton told the paper, with the said Terms and Conditions being ignored by a lot of online purchasers.

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