New Source of News from the Libertarian Party

This new source of news from the Libertarian Party was found on Facebook.  Due to the limitations of my computer at work, I’m not able to post a good screen shot.  However, here is a link:

Libertarian Party News

18 thoughts on “New Source of News from the Libertarian Party

  1. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    I think this might be the program At-Large Rep Brett Pujonis has been working on. It is curious that I know so few of the California contributors, but, I’m only active in the Los Angeles area.

  2. Executive Detractor

    Libertarian Party News is the name of the Libertarian National Committee Inc.’s print newspaper. Here’s a quote from page 2 of the LNC’s print paper:
    “Libertarian Party News
    (ISSN 8755-139X) is the official
    newspaper of the
    Libertarian Party® of the United
    States. Opinions and articles
    published in this newspaper do not
    necessarily represent official party
    positions unless so indicated.”
    Maybe the unofficial Libertarian Party News could change its name to something Libertarian Advocate or Libertarian Journal or something to avoid the name duplication.

  3. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Is Libertarian National Committee Inc. a different entity than the Libertarian National Committee? If it’s the same, why would the articles not necessarily represent official party positions? It would seem that the default position should be that the articles would represent party positions, unless noted otherwise.

    So, we’ll get this mailed to us instead of the paper we used to get?

  4. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    I’ve just re-read the comment in number 4. I think you’re saying that this has the same name as the paper sent out by the LNC, not that it’s replacing the paper sent out by the LNC. If that’s the case, then I agree they should change the name. Doesn’t that seem like a no-brainer? Or is it like the LNCC, where the name is intended to confuse the general public?

  5. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    George, do you mean that they can’t change the name now, or that’s what the group had to be named?

  6. George Phillies

    A national party is entitled to three national committees, namely a Party National Committee, a Party National Congressional Committee, and a Party National Senate Committee. See FEC regulations.

  7. Ed Reagan

    If one does a trademark search, the only the name “Libertarian Party” is trademarked. So unless someone trademarks “Libertarian Party News”, anyone can use the name.

  8. Thomas L. Knapp

    @11,

    Not sure if you’re correct on that, but in any case the LNC’s trademark application for the name “Libertarian Party” was fraudulent and its claim to the trademark is indefensible.

  9. Ed Reagan

    @12

    Thomas, thanks for sharing that information.

    Tom Stevens, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania has been taking over administration of the Facebook pages and Meetup groups of LPPA affiliated county and regional committee, claiming that they were violating the I.P. and trademark of the LP. The text of the emails he sends out is copied below.

    =====

    Greg Teufel, Legal Action Committee Chair, submitted the following report to the Board of Directors of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania on December 1, 2012.

    Greg Teufel’s Legal Action Committee Report:

    “It is important for the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania to maintain and defend rights it may have in a mark that has value and to be vigilant against infringement generally. The State Chair holds the opinion that the words “Libertarian Party”, “Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania” and the name of all local County Committees, Regional Committees and proposed local chartered affiliates must be protected but the word “libertarian” in most circumstances cannot be defended as a service mark or trade mark because of its general usage to describe a philosophical perspective and ideology. If an entity other than the trademark owner uses a mark, the mark’s ability to function as an indicator of source is diminished. For this reason, all third-party uses of a mark should be licensed, and monitored carefully. Unlicensed uses, or unmonitored third-party licensing, can result in a finding that a mark has been abandoned. Trademark infringement also ! diminishes the source-identifying capabilities of marks. When marks are appropriated unlawfully by unlicensed third parties, consumers are likely to become confused regarding the source or origin of goods or services. Therefore, trademark owners should take steps to discover, and prosecute, adverse users. A trademark owner’s failure to prosecute known infringers of a mark, may result in a finding of abandonment of trademark rights. The State Chair has been vigilant in monitoring the unauthorized use of our marks on social media sites and has been acting to defend our marks since he was elected Chair. If any LPPA members observe any infringement of our marks, please bring the situation to the attention of the Legal Committee and the State Chair as soon as possible.”

  10. Steve Scheetz

    Well, since Tom has been violating trademarks with his “Liberty Lion” blog, it is obvious that he really has no idea what he is talking about regarding trademark law. His gross hypocrisy just serves to drive this point home.

  11. June Genis

    According to other things I’ve received thru google alerts this site was create by a group of people connected with the Libertarian Examiner sites.

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