Who Owns Your Digital Music? (Hint: Not You.)

In the ever-evolving world of digital media, just because you paid for music doesn’t make it yours. Why is it so hard to own something you legally bought?

This article is from Issue 60: Nov/Dec 2012

An interesting rumor surfaced in early September about Bruce Willis suing Apple for total ownership of the music he’d purchased on iTunes. The story goes that Willis, contemplating his mortality, was looking for a way to ensure his substantial collection of digital music would be left to his daughters after he died (hard).

As it turns out, there’s nothing to the rumor, and how it even got started is something of a mystery. But it sparked a conversation that has yet to be resolved.