Iconic country music capital trademark™ could be up for the taking

Tamworth Country Music Festival: councillor wants audit of city's intellectual property to protect country music capital identity

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TRADEMARK: Tamworth Regional Council councillor Glenn Inglis wants an audit of the city's intellectual assets. Photo: Peter Hardin

TRADEMARK: Tamworth Regional Council councillor Glenn Inglis wants an audit of the city's intellectual assets. Photo: Peter Hardin

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Everyone knows Tamworth is Australia's country music capital, but the title and associated branding could be up for the taking.

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EVERYONE knows Tamworth is Australia's country music capital, but the title and associated branding could be up for the taking.

As the festival approaches its 50th year, Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) councillor Glenn Inglis said it's time to take stock of the city's country music intellectual property rights.

In a report slated for Tuesday's council meeting, Cr Inglis said an audit of intellectual property rights and a plan going forward are necessary.

"As we approach this landmark 50th year, it is a perfect time to reflect and take stock of the inventory of acquired business assets relating to country music," he said.

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"Intellectual property rights are valuable assets and can provide the community of Tamworth a competitive edge in an ever-growing contestable marketplace."

The review would include trademarks, patents, copyright and designs.

Everything from Tamworth Country Music Festival (TCMF) logos to the cavalcade, the Big Golden Guitar and even the award trophies should be protected from commercialisation by others, Cr Inglis said, as well as the Country Music Roll of Renown, the Hall of Fame, the wax museum and more.

"We need to undertake an audit and accurately identify all community-owned TCMF assets, including all associated intellectual property assets, and seek formal advice on the available options and advantages of each asset," he said.

"In particular, it is important to ensure where possible that all assets generally remain for exclusive use in Tamworth."

The 50th anniversary of TCMF will be held from January 14 to 23, 2022 after the 49th festival was cancelled due to COVID-19.

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The story Iconic country music capital trademark™ could be up for the taking first appeared on The Northern Daily Leader.

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