Trademark Dispute Resolved

The SONS OF LIBERTY MOTORCYCLE CLUB would like to take this opportunity to announce that the Parties have reached an amicable settlement agreement and that we now own all rights to the Mark, “SONS OF LIBERTY”.

We would like to thank everyone for their support!  Now, let’s get back to the business of motorcycling, educating, and defending our Liberty as our Founding Fathers, those esteemed FIRST Sons of Liberty, risked their fortune, honor, and lives to provide for us.

Yours in Liberty,
Awesome

Trademark Infringement & Federal Filings

Attention Friends of SOLMC:

Many of you have inquired about the status of our Facebook feed, and I have been unable to answer you until now.  The short answer is that a fraudulent Trademark infringement complaint was lodged with Facebook and they closed our Group page.

If you have learned anything about us as a group, it’s that we honor the spirit of the Original Sons of Liberty and there is an unshakable belief in our mission and purpose.  Our research into the original Son’s of Liberty has led us to the conclusion that they were not started in one region, or by one person, but were derived from factions across the Colonies that were disgruntled with their treatment from the Crown.  The name Sons of Liberty was assigned during debate in Parliament and as the Colonial factions became aware of each other, they utilized the name and formed loose networks of association that eventually sprouted the Continental Congress.

Over the years we have been aware of several motorcycle clubs or riding groups that have appeared on the scene.  Most are gone, but a couple are still active.  There have been other groups that were about to form that reached out to us because they discovered the name was already in use.  Our position has always been one of tolerance with respect to how the Original Sons of Liberty were formed.  We never sought to trademark the name “SONS OF LIBERTY” as we believed that history owns the name, not any individual or group.  In other words, and in Libertarian fashion, don’t mess with me and I won’t mess with you.  It’s a pretty simple philosophy that we hold dear and preach to anyone with regards to government or personal intrusion.

We are excited about the thousands of requests to join us that we have received from across the world and devised a plan to be more inclusive rather than exclusive.  We stated this intent on Facebook and that was about the time we started having conflict with another club claiming to be The Sons of Liberty, and they are also out of Texas.

We are now forced to protect ourselves and lay claim to our Right to Superior use of the name “SONS OF LIBERTY MOTORCYCLE CLUB”.  We have filed an official petition to cancel the trademark registration 4703392 and filed an injunction in Federal Court.  The simple fact is, we have been operating under the name “SONS OF LIBERTY MOTORCYCLE CLUB” since November of 2008 and that is documented.  The defending club claims April of 2009.

We are now in the unfortunate position of defending ourselves.  We were content to leave this other group alone as long as we were left alone.  But now they have treaded on our goodwill and we will see them exposed as the thieves and liars they are and nothing short of their disbandment will suffice.

For us, we are operating as “business as usual”.  Nothing has changed.  We are still growing.  We are still educating.  We still want to find those men we can call brother.  Keep your inquiries coming, and we will keep answering you.

That is all I will say on the legal issues for now.  I will keep you updated as things progress.

* Membership and general inquiries should be directed to info@solmc.org

* If you want to contribute to our legal fund, please contact me directly at awesome@solmc.org

* Compliments or complaints to the usurpers can be directed to bambam@solmctx.com or www.solmctx.com 

Yours in Liberty,

Tim “Awesome” Bleeker

Co-Founder & Vice President – (THE ORIGINAL) SONS OF LIBERTY MOTORCYCLE CLUB

*** Although the above information is true to the best of my knowledge, it is represented solely for informational purposes only and not part of any official legal proceedings or to be used in such a manner ***

A Question from a Confused Biker

Dear Awesome,

What makes your club so special? Why are you better than that upstart group?

Sincerely,

Confused Biker

Dear Confused Biker,

You may, or may not, be familiar with motorcycle clubs; however, we are not the typical motorcycle club you may have previously encountered or been associated with. Number one, we are not an outlaw (1%) club and never will be. Furthermore, whereas many non-outlaw MCs have a social agenda, our agenda/mission is specifically committed to bringing liberty back to America. Liberty the way America’s founding fathers and the original Sons of Liberty understood it. Yes, we are motorcycle enthusiasts who like to party, ride, and have a good time, but our mission is to take back America from government. We propose to do this in many ways and as we grow I’m sure even more will be added.

We start with educating the citizens about what real freedom is all about and what it would look like to truly be free. People jokingly say, “It’s a free country, isn’t it?” However, government has taken so many of the peoples’ freedom away. They did it little by little, not overnight; if they had, Americans would have revolted. Instead they did it insidiously over time. Today there is no part of the average American’s life that does not have the tyrannical hand of government on it.

We believe that each person owns his own life and property, and that each person has the right to live his own life in any way he chooses as long as he respects the equal rights of others. To become a member of the Sons of Liberty Motorcycle Club you must believe this and be able to say, as John Galt said, “I swear by my life, and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”

In addition to our mission, consistent with traditional motorcycle clubs, we are a brotherhood—not simply a loose association. Therefore, we need to get to know the men we will call brothers and defend.

Taking into consideration what you just read, I will ask you some questions –

* Do you believe that you need the permission of others to assemble?  We do not.  Their first paragraph of “who they are” is a contradiction (http://www.solmctx.com/SOLAbout.html) Although we recognize the Confederation of Clubs (COC) does some excellent legal advocation with regards to biker’s rights, you are fooling yourself if you don’t acknowledge that the COCs primary function is for the dominant 1% club to assert their dominance over you.  I declare that I am a Free Man and entitled to all that my maker provides as long as it doesn’t interfere with the rights of another.  If you want to be dominated like a dog, than that other club is for you (while they still exist.)

* What does the name Sons of Liberty mean to you? You have read our history and our mission statement, so you know that we are trying to remain true to our Founder’s mission.  We have always been encouraged by other groups using the name and proud to share that history.  However, if you want to be a thief and knowingly utilize an existing groups name, tread on their goodwill, attempt to use fraudulent means to shut us down, or be a lapdog to other clubs, then we are not the right club for you. 

* Think about how that other club expanded so quickly? How did they do it and remain true to their core beliefs? Read their “who we are” and “mission statement” and tell me if you believe their actions represent those statements? Are they mailing Colors out to whomever shows an interest? That’s a riding club, not a traditional MC.

I’ll post other Q&A’s as I get ones I think are relevant (or entertain me.)

Yours in Liberty,

Tim “Awesome” Bleeker

Co-Founder & Vice President – (THE ORIGINAL) SONS OF LIBERTY MOTORCYCLE CLUB

About The Author

  • Tim Bleeker is a father, biker, libertarian philosopher, ruggedly handsome, ex Marine who considers himself on the forefront of the New American Revolution. When Tim isn't doing awesome things like motorcycling, studying Founding Father history, or experimenting with bacon - you will find him grooming his beard, coaching peewee sports or playing Angry Birds.