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Monday, September 03, 2012, 06:21 am PT (09:21 am ET)

Actor Bruce Willis won't sue Apple over iTunes music ownership [u]

Having spent thousands of dollars buying music from iTunes, actor Bruce Willis was originally reported to be considering a lawsuit against Apple that would grant the rights to his large music collection to his daughters upon his death. But since then, a family member has denied the original report [updated].

Willis was apparently upset when he learned that he doesn't own the tracks he buys online, but is "borrowing" them under a license, according to the Daily Mail. That was said to have led him to consider a lawsuit against Apple, in hopes of being able to legally pass on his digital music collection to daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallaluh.

Update: However, after the story began gaining attention, the actor's wife, Emma Hemming-Willis, denied the rumor via Twitter. "It's not a true story," she wrote.

Willis was originally said to be considering supporting ongoing legal action in five U.S. states, in which users are hoping to expand their rights with respect to digital music.

Apple's licensing reportedly allows the company to "freeze the iTunes accounts of those it believes are passing on music to others." But Willis was said to believe he should be able to grant his music collection in his will, much like other property can be bequeathed.

"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," attorney Chris walton told the Daily Mail. "It's only natural you would want to pass them on to a loved one."

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Bruce Willis at 2010 Comic Con. Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikipedia.


Willis is said to be passionate about digital music rights, which reportedly led him to consider legal action. He occasionally sings and plays with a blues band.

The report cited the his family's "public-spirited streak" as evidence that Willis may be considering the lawsuit in hopes of "helping others."