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“Blanket Licensing” – a Collectivist, Bureaucratic, One-Size-Fits-All Deprivation of Property Rights Proposal

America’s legacy of unparalleled copyright protections and free market orientation has cultivated a music industry unrivaled in today’s world or throughout human history.

From the first days of the phonograph, through the jazz age, through the rock era, through disco, through country, through hip-hop and every other popular musical iteration since its advent, it’s not by accident that we lead the world in the same manner in which we lead in such industries as cinema and television programming.  We can thank our nation’s emphasis on strong copyright protections.

Unfortunately, that reality doesn’t deter some activists from periodically advocating a more collectivist, top-down governmental reordering of the music industry in a way that would deprive artists and creators of their…[more]

July 06, 2020 • 02:32 PM

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Wednesday, March 11 2015

A New Jersey man recently lost his lawsuit against a local Applebee's after claiming the restaurant chain was liable for burn damages he suffered while bowing his head in prayer over a sizzling steak fajita skillet.

Hiram Jimenez claims that the waitress failed to warn him that the skillet upon which his steak fajita dinner was served was hot. Court records indicate that when Jimenez bowed his head close to the table to pray he heard a loud sizzling noise followed by a grease pop, and felt a burning sensation in his left eye and on his face. Jimenez said he panicked and knocked the plate of food on his lap, causing more burns. None of the burns left any scarring, records show.

According to news reports, the lower court dismissed the case, finding that the danger posed by the sizzling fajita plate was "open and obvious" and that Jimenez chose to put his face close to it. The appeals panel affirmed the lower court's findings.  

"Here, the danger posed by a plate of sizzling hot food was self-evident," the two-judge panel ruled.

Source:  nj.com

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