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Record Labels Rightly Sue Abusive AI Music Generators

However else one opines on the merits or perils of artificial intelligence (AI), everyone of good faith can agree that it mustn't become a tool for brazen copyright infringement.  Artists who pour their (sometimes literal) blood, sweat and tears into their creative works shouldn't have those works stolen and exploited by AI bots.

That is particularly true as it relates to AI music generators specifically created for that exploitative purpose.

For that reason, we should all welcome and applaud major record labels for their decisive lawsuit against AI generators Suno and Udio, whom they accuse in their complaints of copyright violation on an "unimaginable scale."

The complaints make for gripping reading unlike most legal filings, but we're not talking here about sampling various songs…[more]

July 02, 2024 • 06:30 PM

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1 If You Don't Want To Be Killed, Don't Take Hostages

The reaction to the rescue of four Israeli hostages from Gaza is a microcosm of the past 70 years of this conflict. Every time Palestinians pay the price for acting out in some horrific, irrational, self-destructive, violent way, their defenders want to rewind history to a more convenient moment – this time to Oct. 6, 2023. Sorry,…

2 On Iran, Joe Biden Worse Than Jimmy Carter

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted an invitation to address Congress next month, at which time he’ll highlight the metastasizing global perils threatening Israel and the United States alike.   It will mark the second time that Netanyahu has addressed Congress, following his 2015 appearance in which he presciently warned…

3 Biden Is the Cause of Global Chaos, not a Victim of It

In 2020, Joe Biden narrowly won after selling himself as a moderate, stable, seasoned veteran who would restore normalcy domestically and abroad.   Four years later, instability reigns.   Biden is no unfortunate, snakebitten victim of that chaos.  He is the cause.   Just as Biden’s domestic policy of heavier…

4 Joe Biden Is Selling Out Israel to the Antisemitic Mob

Even as President Joe Biden was delivering his perfunctory Holocaust Remembrance speech earlier this week, decrying the "ferocious surge" in antisemitism on college campuses and prattling on about how he would never forget the Oct. 7 attack – which saw over 1,200 Israelis murdered, raped and kidnapped – the…

5 The World Is Paying a Deadly Price for Barack Obama's Foreign Policy Legacy

If a belligerent state launched 185 explosive drones, 36 cruise missiles and 110 surface-to-surface missiles from three fronts against civilian targets within the United States, would President Joe Biden call it a "win"? Would the president tell us that the best thing we can do now is show "restraint"? What if that same terror…

6 While Biden Pushes Ukraine To Fight, He Demands Israel Surrender

President Joe Biden has not only promised to veto any stand-alone Israeli aid, but he's reportedly circulating a draft resolution within the United Nations Security Council that would compel the Jewish state to stop its ground offensive in Rafah and, effectively, give Hamas a pass. Beyond that, the U.S. is also reportedly thinking about circumventing…

7 The Biden, Schumer, Romney Foreign Aid Budget Buster

President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and a handful of left-leaning Republicans (led by Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, of course) have just agreed to a near $100 billion foreign aid bill for Israel and Ukraine.  Is the spending addiction so severe that there is NOTHING Congress will not spend and borrow money for? Not one penny of…

8 Why Biden Is Threatening to Veto Aid to Israel

President Joe Biden promised to veto any stand-alone aid bill for Israel, and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries and most House Democrats voted against one. The administration maintains that Israel's security is so "sacred," it must be tied to a doomed legislative package containing entirely unrelated issues that deal with border security…

9 Joe Biden Keeps Rewarding the Terrorists

Peace is for suckers. Even as Israelis were rooting out the barbaric child murderers and rapists of Hamas, President Joe Biden was trying to bully the Jewish state into repaying the Palestinians with a new state. Now, the State Department is reportedly fast-tracking recognition of an "independent" Arab state, which not only promises to envelop…

10 Four Years After Trump Targeted Iranian General Soleimani, Biden’s Weakness Brings Chaos

Four years ago this week, U.S. forces killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a drone attack ordered by president Donald Trump.   This week, in stark contrast, global shipping giant Maersk announced that it could no longer traverse the Red Sea due to ongoing missile attacks by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.  It will instead reroute…

11 No, The US Shouldn't Push Israel to Create a Palestinian State

"Ultimately," contends Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), the next Israeli government "is going to have to put us back on a path to have a Palestinian state. That's not easy, but it is the only way forward for Israel, is the only way forward for long-term peace." Well, it's not the only way forward, right? Israel could clamp down on…

12 George Washington’s Letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport Set an Admirable Example for America and the World

Whatever one’s religious views, human history demonstrates unequivocally how nations that persecute Jews and cultivate anti-Semitism self-destructively suffer, whereas nations more welcoming and tolerant prosper.   Eminent historian Paul Johnson, whom we lost this past January at age 94, labeled anti-Semitism an “intellectual…

13 United Nations Is Useless

The United Nations is useless.  The United States is pouring more than $12 billion a year of our tax money down the U.N. rathole and squandering a better opportunity.  The dream behind the U.N.'s founding, to provide an international forum for peaceful cooperation and the prevention of war, doesn't have to be discarded.  America should…

14 Paying Iranian Terrorists Billions in Ransom Is Nothing To Brag About, Mr. President

The going rate for an American hostage these days is around $1.3 billion. That's what the Biden administration paid out for five Americans in a prisoner swap with the Islamic Republic of Iran this week. And with little overhead, it's mostly profit for the mullahs. But don't let the term "prisoner swap" insinuate that there is any moral equivalence…

15 Ignore President Biden, Here's What Is Really Happening in Israel

President Joe Biden has reportedly asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop pushing through a "divisive" judicial overhaul bill amid protests. This is the same Biden, incidentally, who crammed through a massive, highly "divisive," generational spending bill with zero votes from the opposition; the same guy who regularly…

16 Questions Without Answers About Ukraine

Ukrainians, and many Europeans and Americans, are defining an envisioned Ukrainian victory as the complete expulsion of all Russians from its 2013 borders. Or, as a Ukrainian national security chief put it, the war ends with Ukrainian tanks in Red Square. But mysteries remain about such ambitious agendas. What would that goal entail? Giving Ukraine…

17 Twenty Years After the U.S. Invasion of Iraq

It's been two decades since, on March 19, 2003, United States forces invaded Iraq. President George W. Bush ordered the invasion to neutralize what he said was the threat of weapons of mass destruction posed by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Except it turned out Saddam did not have weapons of mass destruction. U.S. forces searched and searched and…

18 Questioning Biden's Ukraine Policy Doesn't Make You an 'Isolationist'

It's not exactly a sign of a healthy democratic discourse that it's virtually impossible to ask a critical question about the United States' role in the Ukraine-Russia conflict without being smeared as a Putin apologist or an "isolationist." We've been bombarded with bromides about a civilizational struggle that pits the forces of autocracy…

19 For GOP, How Big a Check to Ukraine?

As the war in Ukraine begins its second year, a new Fox News poll shows Americans divided nearly down the middle over how much and how long the United States should support Ukraine in its war against Russian invaders.  The poll asked: "Do you think there should be a limited time frame for U.S. support of Ukraine in its fight against Russia…

20 The Ukraine War’s Prelude to What?

The Ukraine mess is daily looking more like the Spanish Civil War of 1936 to 1939, a meat grinder that took 500,000 lives. That three-year conflict became a savage proxy war and prelude for the belligerents of World War II. The Ukraine battlefield is proving to be a similar laboratory of death. New lethal weaponry and tactics are introduced, modified…

21 Ukraine With a Whimper or a Bang?

Russia started the war with Ukraine in late February with a shock-and-awe effort to grab Kyiv. It failed both to decapitate the government and absorb half the country in one fell swoop. Soon the conflict descended into a war of attrition in Eastern Ukraine over the occupied majority Russian-speaking borderlands. That deadlock was eventually going…

22 Rushdie Stabbing Reminds Us That Iran Is Still the World's Leading Terror State

Last week, a man stormed the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and stabbed British author Salman Rushdie in the neck as he was being introduced. The topic under discussion was "the United States as asylum for writers and other artists in exile and as a home for freedom of creative expression." Chances are exceptionally high that this was…

23 The Ukrainian Verdun

Five months after Russia invaded Ukraine, the war is now reduced to one of attrition. The current dirty, grinding slog is fought mostly with artillery and rockets. Everything from Ukraine's shopping centers to apartment buildings – and the civilians in them – are Russian targets. Most outsiders have already forgotten…

24 Biden’s Weakness Invited Putin’s Aggression

Joe Biden’s shopworn habit of scapegoating Vladimir Putin for consumer inflation and higher gas prices has by now reached the point of farce.   Americans rightly reject Biden’s tiresome alibi, since inflation ascended from 1.4% in January 2021 to 7.9% during the 13 months of his presidency before Russia invaded Ukraine in February…

25 Did Putin Wait Until Biden Became President to Invade Ukraine?

In the days after Russia attacked Ukraine, there was a lot of talk among Republicans that Vladimir Putin would not have invaded had Donald Trump still been president. Trump was so difficult to predict, so impulsive, so impetuous, the thinking went, that Putin would not have risked a massive U.S. response under Trump.  "The sheer unpredictability…

26 Can Ukraine Ever Win?

Even a truncated Russian Federation has four times the pre-war population of Ukraine. It enjoys well over 10 times the Ukrainian gross domestic product. Russia covers almost 30 times Ukraine's area. And how does Ukraine expel Russian troops from its borders when its Western allies must put particular restrictions on their life-giving military and…

27 History Should Be Our Guide in Ukraine

There are several historical referents we should keep in mind about the Ukraine war. First, no-fly zones. Lots of Westerners are calling for NATO aircraft to establish a no-fly zone above Ukraine to stop Russian bombing of Ukrainian cities. That is a terrible idea. Russian planes can still launch missiles from the nearby airspace of Russia and Belarus…

28 Biden's Blunder Was No Reagan Replay

President Joe Biden set off international alarms over the weekend when he committed the United States to the goal of regime change in Russia. "For God's sake, this man cannot remain in power," Biden said of Russian leader Vladimir Putin during a speech in Poland. The last time the United States set itself to removing a foreign leader, in…

29 10 Realities of Ukraine

One – Reassuring an enemy what one will not do ensures that the enemy will do just that and more. Unpredictability and occasional enigmatic silence bolster deterrence. But President Joe Biden's predictable reassurance to Russian President Vladimir Putin that he will show restraint means Putin likely will not. Two – …

30 The Widening War

The public needs straight talk about what's happening in Eastern Europe. President Joe Biden and the United Kingdom's Prime Minister Boris Johnson need to level with their own countrymen about the rising risk of war against Russia. The public's getting double talk – praise for the Ukrainians' courage but also empty promises that what…

 
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