It’s not very often that children love their parents’ music, but Bruce Willis is determined to leave his iTunes library as inheritance to his daughters. Bruce Willis announced he will sue Apple over iTunes services hoping a lawsuit will allow his daughters to inherit his entire music library.
Bruce Willis has a reputation for making controversial statements and being pretty blunt about celebrity drama. Many of his unusual undertakings have been deemed to be ridiculous, but his lawsuit against Apple over the terms of its iTunes service is a great idea. If Bruce Willis’ lawsuit against Apple is successful, it’s likely millions of customers will benefit too.
British tabloid newspaper The Sun writes that Bruce Willis “wants to leave the haul to his daughter Rumer, Scout and Tallulah” when he dies. The actor argues he spent thousands of dollars on iTunes songs and bought “many, many iPods” and now has a huge music library he would like to leave as inheritance to his three daughters.
“But under iTunes’ current terms and conditions, customers essentially only ‘borrow’ tracks rather than owning them outright” adds The Sun. “So any music library amassed like that would be worthless when the owner dies” explains the British newspaper.
iTunes offers more than 28,000,000 songs as of 2012. Last year in October, it was estimated more than 16 billion songs were downloaded from Apple’s iTunes. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, announced that same month 300 million iPods sold since the release. At an average of $1 a song, iTunes is scoring big day after day.
Still, according to the iTunes services, you don’t actually own the songs you bought. You are just borrowing the right to listen to these songs by paying for a license. Like many others, Bruce Willis spent thousands of dollars on iTunes songs so when the line is drawn your iTunes library could really be worth enough to leave something to your kids.
“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” says solicitor Chris Walton. “It’s only natural you would want to pass them on to a loved one” he adds.