Bruce Willis is not suing Apple over iTunes inheritance, wife tweets

Bruce Willis poses at the "Moonrise Kingdom" photocall during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2012, in Cannes. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Bruce Willis poses at the "Moonrise Kingdom" photocall during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2012 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
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(CBS News) Reports that Bruce Willis plans to sue Apple over who will inherit his massive music collection have been disputed by the actor's wife.

Bruce Willis to take on Apple over iTunes inheritance

Emma Hemming has taken to Twitter to pour cold water on the claims made by British media earlier today that her husband Bruce Willis was considering legal action against Apple over the rights to his iTunes account after his death. She said in a tweet that the report made by the Daily Mail is "not a true story." It's worth noting that Willis has not commented on the reports and Hemming's account is not verified by Twitter.

Although the reports may not be true, the topic of post-mortem music and movie rights is thought-provoking and important as more intellectual property is purchased and stored online.

Forbes contributor Tim Worstall points out that "few of us have any significant portion of our wealth tied up in such digital goods. But it's obviously going to be something that looms larger in years to come. And I have a feeling that we're going to need some legal clarification on who really does own what after someone's death."

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