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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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CFIF Urges Support for the Preserving Choice for Vehicle Purchases Act Print E-mail
Monday, September 11 2023

 September 11, 2023

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy  
Majority Leader
H-232, The Capitol  
Washington, D.C.  20515  

Re:  In Support of H.R. 1435, the Preserving Choice for Vehicle Purchases Act

Dear Leader McCarthy and Representatives:  

On behalf the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) and over 300,000 supporters and activists across the nation, I write to express our strongest support for H.R. 1435, the Preserving Choice for Vehicle Purchases Act, introduced by Congressman John Joyce, M.D., which was passed by the Energy and Commerce Committee and will next be considered by the entire House of Representatives.  

The state of California, due to its sheer population, often plays an outsize and unjust role in exporting its defective public policy choices to the nation as a whole.  In this instance, California has enacted electric vehicle (EV) mandates that require EVs to make up 100% of automaker sales by the year 2035.  Obviously, California political leaders intend to make their extremist mandate a de facto nationwide policy.  

Fortunately, Congressman Joyce’s proposed legislation would repel that growing threat by amending federal law to prevent efforts to eliminate the sale of automobiles powered by internal combustion engines, and by restricting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from imposing regulations banning the sale or use of new automobiles powered by internal combustion engines.  

Whatever one’s opinion of EVs as a voluntary consumer option, the growing web of federal and state subsidies and mandates captures the American public’s deepest discontents with government overreach:  crony capitalism, wasteful spending, handouts to wealthier Americans, inefficient incentives and arrogant bureaucrats picking winners and losers in what should be a free and open marketplace.  

As Congressman Joyce summarized, “One state should not be able to set national policy and Americans should not be forced into making purchases they are unable to afford.”  He captures the logic of H.R. 1435 perfectly, which is why we strongly urge you to support this legislation.  Thank you very much for your ongoing focus on these important matters, and please contact me at your convenience with any questions or comments.  

Sincerely,  

Timothy Lee  
Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs
 
 


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