Woodstock owner’s objection prompts name change

December 2018

TRADE MARK:  Jade Presents, the promoters of next summer’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock at Bluestem Amphitheater in Moorhead,  Clay County, Minnesota, have had to make a name change for the two day event after the owners of the legendary music festival’s trade mark objected to the event as it was then named. 

In October, and not long after advertising began for the event, the Moorhead event received a letter that made it clear that the name “Woodstock” was a trade mark and the use of the mark in commercial venture by anyone who is not an authorised licensee would constitute trademark infringement.

The event is now being promoted as “Bluestem: 50th Anniversary of Peace and Music,” with no reference to Woodstock. It will feature more than 20 local and regional acts and over 100 musicians performing songs from the original Woodstock line-up, along with food and craft vendors. The event is scheduled for August 16 and 17, 2019. 


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