Bruce Willis's wife denies he is in iTunes legal fight

We had a little bit of fun on Sunday when we posted word, via a UK tabloid story, that actor Bruce Willis was planning to get into a legal fight with Apple over who owns the songs he downloaded on Apple's iTunes service. At the time, the Sun tabloid claimed that Willis was wanting to give his digital song collection to his daughters before he passed away, something which Apple's policies don't currently allow.

Well, it sounds like that story has turned out to be like many that have come from the tabloids: A Twitter post today from the actor's wife,  Emma Heming-Willis, responding to a fan's remark about the reports, says simply, " ... it's not a true story."

The original story did not have any sources to confirm its report and Willis himself has yet to publicly comment on the story. However, it does seem like this report is pretty much bogus at this point.

The UK tabloid story is almost as good as this movie.

However, the debate over who owns the digital content that people download from iTunes and similar sources is still a subject of much debate.

Source: Emma Heming-Willis Twitter page | Image via Universal Studios

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Kinda ridiculous in the first place. Hey kids .. here is my Apple ID.. here is my password. .. its all yours .. Sheeesh these tabloids scrape monkeys asses to find a story...

The first step is to realize that basically all major digital stores don't grant you transferable rights. iTunes just happens to be the current leader in terms of digital music market share but all stores apply the same policy.

a0me said,
The first step is to realize that basically all major digital stores don't grant you transferable rights. iTunes just happens to be the current leader in terms of digital music market share but all stores apply the same policy.

The first step is to realize that if the market leader, who would effect the most users of online purchased music, changed their policies would cause the much smaller market places to change their policies? If Zune marketplace were to change their policy it would not have any impact on Apple because of their control over the market.

nohone said,

The first step is to realize that if the market leader, who would effect the most users of online purchased music, changed their policies would cause the much smaller market places to change their policies? If Zune marketplace were to change their policy it would not have any impact on Apple because of their control over the market.


The iTunes store may be the market leader in terms of digital music, but Amazon is surely a bigger player in the eBook and other digital content market.
This problem is not limited to music.

Secondly, the non-transferability stipulation is dictated by the RIAA and the MPAA, not by Apple or Microsoft. Apple doesn't own the content they're selling and they can't change their policies just because they feel like it.

a0me said,

The iTunes store may be the market leader in terms of digital music, but Amazon is surely a bigger player in the eBook and other digital content market.
This problem is not limited to music.

Secondly, the non-transferability stipulation is dictated by the RIAA and the MPAA, not by Apple or Microsoft. Apple doesn't own the content they're selling and they can't change their policies just because they feel like it.

Yes, Amazon has a bigger book market. However, Apple has used their influence there to change the pricing structure to impact all book sellers. They also used their market controlling muscle to influence audio and video. Rumor was that when iTunes went dem free, they told he labels to allow selling without drm, or don't be included. When iTunes sells more than stores sell CDs you bend to them or you don't sell. They did it with video, also. NBC didn't cave to their pricing structure and they were excluded. Of course then there were many iFans.running around calling for an NBC boycott for defying Apple.