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TikTok’s Latest Assault: Ripping Off American Artists and Songwriters

Americans are by now broadly aware of the threat posed by Chinese-owned TikTok, including its threat to U.S. national security.

In recent days, we’ve witnessed in real time another emerging TikTok threat reaching the headlines:  The threat it poses to intellectual property protections, which undergird America’s status as the most artistically and musically productive and influential nation in human history.

Universal Music Group, however, has decided to stand up and fight back by removing its catalog of songs – including artists like Taylor Swift, Drake and Billie Eilish – from TikTok.

Tone-Deaf TikTok has built its aggressive worldwide empire largely on the backs of music created by American artists, as even its corporate leadership openly admits.  As TikTok’s very own…[more]

February 08, 2024 • 12:44 PM

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Tuesday, March 24 2015

The makers of Jim Beam bourbon are facing a lawsuit over the word "handcrafted" on its bottles.

Plaintiff Scott Welk has filed a class action lawsuit seeking $5 million in damages, claiming the use of the word "handcrafted" on the Jim Beam White Label bourbon is inaccurate.  According to the lawsuit, the bourbon is not "handmade by a skilled craftsman as the company claims." Welk contends that the labeling is "immoral, unethical, oppressive, unscrupulous and/or substantially injurious to consumers" because "consumers are led to believe that Jim Beam bourbon is of superior quality and workmanship by virtue of it being ‘handcrafted,' when in fact it is not."

Beam Suntory, Jim Beam's parent company, called the lawsuit "frivolous," noting that a similar suit was filed against Maker's Mark, another brand owned by Beam Suntory. News reports further indicate that a similar suit was filed against beer maker Anheuser-Busch for the labels on its Kirin Ichiban beer, which according to that lawsuit are "deceptively advertised as being imported from Japan."

Source:  eater.com

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