Political Arizona Takes Off!

It’s been almost two weeks since the debut of PoliticalAZ.com and needless to say, it has been a success!

According to the latest statistics, the site has had 24,250 page views and 2,000 visits!

Thanks to everyone who visits the site as their source of political news in Arizona. You may notice a certain “Drudgesque” feel to it.

I am also offering banner advertising through the site. Candidates and their committees are especially encouraged to contact me for further details.

Thanks to everyone – conservative, moderate and liberal – who is visiting and using the site as their source of political news.


Comments

  1. I wonder if Drudge Report has looked at Lanham Act trade dress violations. The similar layout’s “look and feel” may make people assume that it is a Drudge Report spinoff.

  2. Por ejemplo, you might look at caselaw like
    Blue Nile Inc. v. Ice.com and Odimo, Inc.,
    478 F.Supp.2d 1240, No. C06-1002RSL (W.D. Wash., Jan. 18, 2007) (court allows plaintiff to proceed with trade dress infringement claims against direct competitors arising out of their alleged creation of a web site that copied the “look and feel” of plaintiff’s web site).

    Although you aren’t “direct competitors” with Drudge Report, if you are going to copy that site’s “look and feel,” you should at least clear it with them. I assume you have and they’ve said go ahead.

    I’m not a regular reader of Drudge, but having been there maybe ten times, their “look and feel” is so distinctive that I recognized “Political Arizona’s” “look and feel” as directly taken from Drudge. And here you admit that. So I assume you’ve gotten their permission to proceed.

  3. On the remote chance that you haven’t been in contact with Drudge Report about your website, you should consult with an attorney. A simple disclaimer that you’re not affiliated with Drudge Report might be enough to remove any possibility of liability. I don’t know; only an intellectual property specialist could advise you properly.

    But as free-market conservatives, you obviously understand the importance of preserving the integrity of private property. And in our digital/information/communication ecoonomy, some of a business’s most valuable property is its intellectual property.

    A system in which anyone is free to appropriate others’ property is, after all, socialism.

  4. The fact that you are soliciting advertising (presumably not free) in this post indicates that this is, at least in part, a commercial venture. That just adds to the necessity of making sure you can proceed without liability.

    Again, probably all this has been taken care of and you are OK legally. If so, I apologize for these comments, but the integrity of intellectual property, including trade dress, is a crucial component of our capitalist system.

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