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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Kat update to the Bruce Willis/Apple saga

Going to court?
Yesterday, the IPKat reported news (rumours?) that popular actor Bruce Willis was considering taking legal action against Apple to clarify who owns his iTunes library and whether his daughters may inherit it after he dies.
As it happens in any film worth being watched, something unexpected has happened. Apparently, in fact, Bruce is not going to bring Apple anywhere, not even to court.
As reported by CBS News, yesterday evening Bruce's wife Emma Heming denied via Twitter that the actor is about to bring court proceedings against Apple. 
In any case, Willis has not commented on the reports and Heming's account is not verified by Twitter.
Such lack of verified sources has been criticised by The Guardian. In particular, its Technology Blog has cast doubts even about the actual consistency of Bruce's iTunes collection, which he has "downloaded over the years":
"Is someone seriously suggesting that Willis has bought all that "vast collection from the iTunes Music Store? Given his age (57) one might have just a faint suspicion that most of his collection would be on CDs. (This is a guess, but given that Willis grew up in the age of Vinyl, and went through the Ages of 8-track, Cassette tape, MiniDisc, and CD before arriving at the present Age of Download, wouldn't a lot of his stuff be on CD?)
When you are as fit as Merpel, you cannot
run carrying a Vinyl player
In particular, suggests The Guardian, it is unlikely that Willis has downloaded classic pop/rock tracks (such as the Beatles, Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin), as he certainly owns them already on Vinyl or CD [Merpel recalls that once she tried to go jogging in Central Park with her Vinyl player but it was not very handy].
We'll see what happens next. As just mentioned, Bruce has not yet denied that he's bringing proceedings against Apple. What is certain is that many consumers would be interested in knowing whether they own their own downloads or not. In successful 1998 film Armageddon, there is a memorable quote from Harry Stamper/Bruce Willis: "None of you have to go [to court]. We can all just sit here on Earth, wait for this big rock to crash into it, kill everything and everybody we know. United States government just asked us to save the world. Anybody wanna say no?"

To be continued ...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Bruce has not yet denied that he's bringing proceedings against Apple"

Bruce hasn't denied being an alien from the Planet Thurg, either. That doesn't mean he's an alien from the Planet Thurg.

My dear Kittens. This is very weak. Could we restore some sanity to copyright coverage here?

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