LAKE CITY (WATE) - The town of Lake City voted to change its name to "Rocky Top" Thursday night, despite a copyright complaint from a Gatlinburg company.
The idea for the name change started when city leaders voted to turn a former bank into a coal mining museum. That caught the eye of the owners of Rocky Top Bottling, based in Knoxville. Now, they want to develop this area into an amusement complex with a water park, restaurant and theaters.
However, Gatlinburg based House of Bryant Publications, LLC says it is the owner of multiple Rocky Top trademarks and the copyright to the popular song "Rocky Top."
The company says it feels the theme park and town's name change would lead to multiple derivative works from the copyrighted song.
House of Bryant says it will act quickly and aggressively to protect its intellectual property rights.
Town leaders told 6 News they will meet with House of Bryant later to sort out the copyright issues.