Tuesday, September 4, 2012
As I previously blogged about, Bruce Willis wants to give his iTunes collection to his children upon his death, but iTunes terms and conditions do not currently allow this. Without citing any sources, The Daily Mail speculated that Bruce Willis is considering legal action against Apple. CNN attempted to confirm the Daily Mail’s report, and Willis’s wife reported that it was not a true story.
Regardless of whether Willis has a plan to sue Apple, the inconsistency between his wishes and iTunes terms raises relevant issues. When you buy iTunes files, you are only purchasing the license to listen to that song on your apple device, not the music itself. If Willis chooses to sue Apple, he will be up against a formidable legal team with a solid legal argument--when users click agree on the terms and conditions, that constitutes a legal signature in a contract between the user and Apple.
See Brandon Griggs, Can Bruce Willis Leave His iTunes Music To His Kids?, CNN Tech, Sept. 4, 2012.