Bruce Willis Isn't Suing Apple About His iTunes Collection
Contrary to news reports, Bruce Willis isn't taking Apple to court.
With the U.S. and Canada celebrating Labor Day this past weekend, we wouldn't blame you if you missed this little story. Over the weekend, word on the street was that Bruce Willis was thinking of suing Apple. The story goes that Willis wanted to be able to leave his digital music collection to his loved ones when he passed away. However, because Apple's terms state that you don't actually own the songs you're downloading, he wouldn't be able to.
However, it seems this story isn't true. While the tech world was busy reporting the story, no one thought to reach out to Willis or his representative and ask for verification. It wasn't until Monday afternoon when Willis' wife, Emma Heming, mentioned on Twitter that the story wasn't true. Bruce himself has yet to comment on the matter, and his wife hasn't said anything about it since, but it would seem Willis isn't taking Apple to court for the right to leave his digital music collection.
Though the story isn't true, it does raise a very interesting question, and one that warrants discussion: Who inherits your digital music when you die? If you've spent thousands of dollars on iTunes or another digital content service, shouldn't you be able to pass that content on to someone else? Shouldn't your next of kin benefit from the investment you've made? Conversely, you could argue that this issue is pretty black and white because people making use of services like Apple's iTunes or Amazon's MP3 store agree the terms of service from day one. If the TOS state that your right to use the content is nontransferable, then that's the end of it, right?
Do you think you should be able to leave your digital music collection to someone else? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!