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Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by The Who, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

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    An article in The Australian (News Ltd) dismisses the chances of a breakaway competition because only one club, the Gold Coast, owns its intellectual property. "That would mean the other 13 clubs (excluding Broncos and Storm) would be forced to change their names, emblems and colours in a breakaway competition."

    I don;t understand this. How can the NRL own the rights to Manly's name, emblem, colours? Surely these were established in 1947 before the NRL existed.

    And what has the Gold Coast done differently to be able to protect their intellectual property?
     
  2. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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  3. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Daniel, but I'm still unclear.
    Does that means that the clubs are franchisees to the NRL, similar to a, say, Gloria Jeans coffee store?
    I may be obtuse but I can't understand how the NRL ever got to control what must be in every club's Constitution (ie. name, colours, logo). The clubs established these, not the NRL (which is the reverse of the Gloria Jeans analogy). Or did the clubs at some time 'sell' these rights to the NRL?
     
  4. Jonesyv2

    Jonesyv2 Active Member

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    As part of the NRL Deal when it was signed post super leauge war I believe the clubs signed over their Names, Logos Colours etc... to the NRL partnership this is from memory would need to look it up to get specifics.
     
  5. MadMarcus

    MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    This was an issue in the Super League war because at that time the ARL owned the IP in each club's name/logo etc. Some of you may recall that Super League looked at giving each club different names and logos.

    I'm not sure how they got around it in the end, but if they could do it then I don't see why a breakaway comp couldn't do the same thing now.
     
  6. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    This has been the case at least since the NRL was formed from what I understand, and maybe longer.
     
  7. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the clarification.
    In hindsight, was signing away a club's rights to its IP a wise move?
    We're they paid for this?
    As a small business owner my IP is sacred. I would never give it away.
    It's a wonder the clubs didn't sign away their fans as well!
     
  8. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I think its best the governing body owns the emblems and the colours etc. Its all apart of the NRL brand for my way of thinking.
     
  9. Meeha

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    we can just be renamed to the Manly-Warringah-Pittwater White-Bellied Sea Eagles.
     
  10. Berkeley_Eagle

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    I don't think the NRL owns the name Manly Warringah
     
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  12. The Who

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    I've always preferred it to being oblong!
     

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