ASCAP, Pandora await verdict in court battle over digital music rights

By   /  February 17, 2014  /  National, News, Private property rights, Technology  /  No Comments

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A feud over music royalties between a major publisher and a popular Internet radio service could end in the coming weeks.

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Marshall plan arms Virginians for land-use fights

By   /  January 30, 2014  /  Agriculture, News, Private property rights, Virginia  /  No Comments

PITCHFORK PROTEST: Farmers and small-government advocates flocked to a Fauquier County administration building in 2012 to show their support for local farmer Martha Boneta.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — From Lynchburg to Norfolk to Rappahannock, local officials are heaping dirt on a bill that would expose them to costly citizen litigation in zoning and land-use disputes.
Most radically, HB1219, by House Delegate Bob Marshall, would strip city and county ordinances of the presumption of constitutionality.
In a new [...]

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Hands off! North Kansas City loses eminent domain case

By   /  January 23, 2014  /  Missouri, News, Private property rights  /  No Comments

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By John K. Ross | for Missouri Watchdog

Score one for the little guy.

A Missouri appeals court has issued a unanimous ruling prohibiting North Kansas City from seizing a Burger King via eminent domain.

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Down on the farm, property-rights fight gains ground in VA

By   /  January 22, 2014  /  Agriculture, News, Private property rights, Virginia  /  No Comments

PACKED HOUSE: Martha Boneta, in foreground, was amidst the crowd that filled the Senate Agriculture Committee room Thursday.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Fauquier County farmer Martha Boneta is hailing a bill that would give property owners a legal club to pummel overreaching government officials.
Boneta knows the stakes. In a widely reported showdown that sparked pitchfork protests in the community, Fauquier officials cited Boneta for selling homemade products on her [...]

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Philadelphia artist battling eminent domain decision

By   /  January 9, 2014  /  News, Pennsylvania, Private property rights  /  No Comments

FIGHTING CITY HALL: A Philadelphia artist has challenged the city's attempt to seize his studio to pave the way for a grocery store.

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
In powerful simplicity, the mural painted on the exterior of James Dupree’s art studio tells the story of the battle between the renowned artist and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority.
Seemingly creeping out of the wall, a grotesque human hand reaches for a building, the fingers looking more like an octopus’ tentacles [...]

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