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Monday, September 3, 2012

Can Bruce Willis Bequeath His Digital Music To His Daughters?

Images-14Bruce WIllis wants to will his digital music collection to his daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallulah, but Apple's terms and conditions may not allow this.  iTunes' current terms and conditions claim that customers only 'borrow' tracks as opposed to owning them outright.  

Willis asked his advisers to set up a trust for his downloads to get around the terms and conditions and he is supporting legal moves that would increase the rights of downloaders.  Apple has the ability to freeze accounts if they suspect that users are sharing their tunes with others, and it is yet to be seen how Willis' maneuver will work out.   

An estate specialist comments that many people will be surprised to find out that they cannot pass on the music and books that they have purchased over the years. 

See Fran Wetzel, Bruce Willis To Fight Apple Over Right To Music Collection After His Death, The Sun, Sept. 4, 2012. 

Special thanks to Christopher Tozzo (CFP, Licensed Arizona Attorney, Licensed Arizona Fiduciary, The Glenchrist Law Firm, PLLC) for bringing this article to my attention. 

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