Bruce Willis didn't Buy Hard: His girls can't inherit his iTunes
Testy action star flips his wig, may sue Apple
Updated Hollywood actor Bruce Willis could reportedly take Apple to court over a massive digital music library that he wants to pass on to his kids when he dies.
The Die Hard and Armageddon star wants his daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallulah to "own" the digital music he painstakingly downloaded from iTunes, but the current terms of Apple's service restricts such usage because punters, in effect, borrow the tracks under licence from the site rather than owning them.
All of which means that Bruce's digital music collection would be worthless once he carks it.
The Sun reports that Willis, whose digital library presumably includes his 1980s cover hit Under the Boardwalk, had consulted legal advisers about the possibility of setting up a trust that would retain his downloads for the three daughters he had with one-time wife Demi Moore.
The 57-year-old, who is currently appearing in a TV advert for BSkyB to promote "unlimited" broadband downloads, is said to be a fan of making digital rights less stringent for customers.
Perhaps the action hero should have stuck to collecting vinyl LPs ... ®
Willis' wife Emma Heming-Willis has tweeted that The Sun is in error, answering one request for confirmation of her hubby's alleged litigious thoughts with a simple, "it's not a true story." Another participant in that conversation asked, understandably, "Any idea where the rumor came from? Total fantasy? An overheard offhand remark? Samsung?"
Re: Apple Schmapple
Nice ad-hom you've got going there.
Life may be about learning to do things, but software design should definitely be about makig things as easy and intuitive as possible. As a professional software developer, I am frequently appalled by how little these basic principles are followed by some companies.
iTunes is a prima facie example of poor software design; it is not designed to make things easy for the user, it is designed to make certain things hard, such as taking control of your own music collection. This is clearly intentional, and a business-driven decision. Apple can more than afford to employ some developers with a knowledge of user interface design, that iTunes is designed to work the way it does tells us as much about Apple as a company as we need to know, and, to me, is evidence enough that they should be avoided.
Somebody gave me an iPod touch a couple of weeks ago. Fancy thing with a big touch-screen, I was pretty chuffed.
I have a large music library on an external hard drive, I've been working in IT for twelve or so years, so didn't feel intimidated by the idea of copying some mp3 files to it.
After three days of farting about with iTunes I was about ready to throw the thing against the wall.
Downvoted: just because you agreed to their license doesn't mean you wave away your rights, if the terms of the license are illegal or unenforceable. *That* is was a court will have to decide, if Bruce manages to get this far.