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April Fools' Day Four Days Late? Google Objects to OpenAI Using YouTube to Train Its Own Generator

File under "You Can't Make This Stuff Up."

Somehow, it actually seems like a farcical April Fools' Day headline, in fact.  Google, with its deep history of scraping and scanning other sources' substantive content for its own uses, now objects to OpenAI using YouTube content to train its text-to-video generator:

The use of YouTube videos to train OpenAI’s text-to-video generator would be an infraction of the platform's terms of service, YouTube Chief Executive Officer Neal Mohan said."

Optimists might hope that Google is finally recognizing and preparing to correct its wayward course, while realists and cynics will roll their eyes at what they'll label naivete.  As the old adage goes, however, "every saint has a past, every sinner has a future," so we'll maintain hope.…[more]

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61 As Justice Kennedy Retires, Supreme Court Finally Ends Compulsory Public-Union Dues

Groucho Marx famously observed, "I don't want to belong to any club that would have me as a member."  For decades, millions of American public-sector workers who were forced to join unions have pleaded, "I don't want to belong to any club that would force me to become a member."  This week, the U.S. Supreme Court finally…

62 Government Workers 'Free at Last'

Rank and file government workers won big over union bosses Wednesday, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of Mark Janus, an Illinois state worker who refused to join the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. The court struck down an Illinois law that allowed the union to deduct fees from Janus's paycheck despite…

63 New Legal Challenge May Unravel ObamaCare

Most Americans understandably consider ObamaCare's legality a settled question, following the Supreme Court's notoriously contorted 2012 NFIB v. Sebilius 5-4 majority decision by Chief Justice John Roberts.  A new challenge filed in federal court earlier this year by twenty state attorneys general, however, presents a novel and potentially fatal…

64 You Can Try To Repeal The Second Amendment, But You Can't Repeal History

This week, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote an op-ed in The New York Times that advocated a position most liberal pundits and activists have been incrementally working toward for a long time: repealing the Second Amendment. And while many liberal columnists argued that Stevens had only given fodder to gun advocates —…

65 Video: Free Market and Conservative Groups Speak Out for STRONGER Patents

In a video released today by the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF), the leaders of numerous free market and conservative organizations speak out in strong support of the STRONGER Patents Act, legislation that will help provide relief and support to American creators and innovators by restoring the historic strength of the hobbling U.S. patent system…

66 Intellectual Property: America Still Leads the World

Consider the following relationship, and ask yourself whether it's more likely causal or purely coincidental.  Among the numerous elements of American exceptionalism, the United States maintains the world's strongest protections for intellectual property (IP) — creations of the mind, such as patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade…

67 War on Cops Goes to Court

The war on cops is moving from the streets to the U.S. Supreme Court. Last week, the Justices heard a case that threatens police officers with financial ruin if they make arrests, and the charges later get dropped. It started with a late night bash. District of Columbia police officers were called by neighbors at 1 a.m. to investigate a rowdy party…

68 Courts Dismiss Unions' "Property" Claim to Non-Members' Wages

When it comes to shamelessness and sheer chutzpah, it's difficult to top labor union leaders.  First, they tenaciously fight right-to-work laws, which simply allow individual employees to decide whether or not they wish to join unions.  It apparently hasn't dawned on them that compulsory membership is more befitting the former East Germany…

69 Justices Should Toss Dems' Phony Election Lawsuit

If you can't win, change the rules. Democrats and progressive activists are joining forces to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to interfere in how election districts are drawn in all 50 states. In Gill v. Whitford, they're challenging how Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin drew the state's election map. The justices will hear the case on Oct. 3. If they…

70 Democrats Are Increasingly Comfortable With Religious Tests

"Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?" Sen. Dick Durbin asked Notre Dame Law School professor Amy Coney Barrett, a nominee for a federal appeals court, yesterday.   Since Durbin inquired in the form of a question, we can only assume that Barrett's answer was pertinent to the confirmation. That is problematic considering the…

71 Court Blocks D.C. Gun Law, Vindicating Right to Bear Arms Beyond the Home

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit — often labeled the nation's second-highest court — secured a significant victory for the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.  At issue in Wrenn v. District of Columbia was the following question:  Can the government require citizens to demonstrate…

72 Supreme Court Botches 2nd Amendment Opportunity, But Congress Poised to Act

This week, the Supreme Court blew a critical opportunity to interrupt the ongoing assault by states like California against Second Amendment rights.  Scratch that.  Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito, all of whom joined the landmark D.C. v. Heller majority affirming the individual right to keep and bear…

73 Making Courts Great Again: Trump Nominates 10 More Conservative Judges

Conservatives can breathe another sigh of relief.  Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, liberal scolds and Donald Trump skeptics assured the American electorate that he couldn't possibly reach the White House, and even if he somehow did, he would cruelly cast aside promises to govern as a conservative and nominate conservative judges in…

74 Gorsuch Signals Even Broader 2nd Amendment Interpretation Than Scalia

This week offered conservatives and libertarians a delightful spectacle in Judge Neil Gorsuch's testimony during Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings on his nomination to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.  Gorsuch performed so brilliantly, and his antagonist Judiciary Committee liberals performed so…

75 Chuck Schumer's Attacks on Neil Gorsuch Are Un-American

If Democrats want to filibuster President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, they're entitled to do it. In fact, Democrats are free to try and stop federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation for any reason they desire, whether ideological or personal, or even no particular reason at all. There is nothing in the Constitution that compels…

76 The Contradictory Logic of Gun-Grabbers

A little intellectual integrity is apparently too much to ask of Second Amendment restrictionists.  Witness the ever-shifting and contradictory legal rationalizations in their unrelenting campaign to infringe upon Americans' right to keep and bear arms, as convenience and changing circumstance dictate.  Last week, the Fourth Circuit Court…

77 Judge Robart's National Security Expertise

Judge James Robart, of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington State, believes there is no basis for President Trump's executive order temporarily suspending non-American entry from seven terrorism-plagued countries. In court last week, Robart questioned Justice Department lawyer Michelle Bennett about the administration's decision…

78 Supreme Court: Gorsuch May Go Beyond Scalia

During last year's presidential campaign, Donald Trump assured wary voters that, "I am looking to appoint judges very much in the mold of Justice Scalia."  From that point forward, the question of whether the distinctively mercurial Trump could be trusted to adhere to his promise remained a matter of frequent debate.  This week…

79 Battle Lines Forming in War Over Trump Court

Opening shots are being fired over Donald Trump's anticipated Supreme Court nomination. A conservative advocacy group is running television ads urging Trump to appoint a justice in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia. New Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer fires back that Democrats will try to block any nominee who isn't "mainstream."…

80 Liberal Opponents of Free Speech Suffer Another Humiliating Supreme Court Defeat

Imagine the following harrowing scenario.  In the predawn hours one morning, you and your family are jarred from your sleep by a deafening pounding at your front door.  Naturally disoriented, you peer out your window to the bewildering sight of multiple police vehicles, blinding lights flashing, with your neighbors gawking from their doorsteps…

81 No, "Stop and Frisk" Isn't Unconstitutional

In alarming news this week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that murders in the United States soared an astonishing 10.8% just last year.  That same day, "stop and frisk" and similar police techniques achieved sudden prominence after Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton clashed during their first debate.  To her…

82 Another Judicial Setback for Obama, IRS

Leveraging federal authorities like the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to persecute political opponents stands among the most grave abuses that officials can commit, as Richard Nixon learned the hard way four decades ago.  This month, an Obama Administration and IRS attempt to evade legal reckoning for their own admitted abuses suffered a stinging…

83 Hillarygate: FBI Director's Factual Conclusions Match Applicable Federal Statute

Did Hillary Clinton violate federal law by using an unsecured personal email system as Secretary of State?  That question generated intense commentary this week.  Because of the inherent political implications, however, most commentaries unfortunately generated more heat than light.  It's therefore worth highlighting the applicable…

84 The Fraud Goes On

Last week the Supreme Court of the United States voted that President Obama exceeded his authority when he granted exemptions from the immigration laws passed by Congress. But the Supreme Court also exceeded its own authority by granting the University of Texas an exemption from the Constitution's requirement of "equal protection of the laws,&…

85 Democrats: We Will Overcome the Constitution

Nothing stirs the passions of Democrats these days quite like the prospect of gutting the Constitution. In an unprecedented act of pretend political bravery, House members held a catered sit-in, demanding that Republicans allow a vote to strip away protections of Second, Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the Constitution. It was quite the scene. There…

86 Climate Alarmists Finding Themselves on the Other End of Judicial System

Throughout my legal career, I've always favored what is known as the "English Rule," meaning that losing litigants should generally be required to pay the winning parties' fees and costs.  Under our current "American Rule," in contrast, each side generally pays its own fees and costs, win or lose.  That has always struck…

87 The Liberal Case Against Peter Thiel is the Worst Kind of Hypocrisy

We recently discovered that Peter Thiel, the libertarian billionaire co-founder of PayPal and early investor in Facebook, bankrolled wrestler Hulk Hogan's lawsuits against the blog network Gawker Media. Now, as someone who considers himself a near-absolutist on free speech, I'm open to hearing arguments for why we need tort reform in these sorts of…

88 Two More Legal Victories for Second Amendment

This week, two high-profile political events refocused Americans' attention on the judicial branch.  Also this week, two new legal victories for Second Amendment rights remind us why it matters.  First, Donald Trump released his much-anticipated list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees, which conservative and libertarian judicial observers…

89 Court Halts Liberal Campaign to Intimidate Conservative Donors

Throughout American history, our First Amendment freedoms of speech and association have frequently demanded the security of anonymity.  Without that protective anonymity, Americans seeking to bring about political change or introduce politically incorrect opinions into the marketplace of ideas risk persecution by government officials or public…

90 Federal Court Humiliates IRS in Conservative Groups' Lawsuit

Americans outraged by Obama Administration and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) efforts to target and persecute conservative organizations just received a spring gift from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  By way of refresher, thousands of private organizations each year - charities, churches, political organizations, schools and other groups…

 
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