Court: Ohio Co. Bluegrass Festival Can Use Monroe's Name

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The name of legendary bluegrass musician Bill Monroe can once again grace the festival held in his honor.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that a nonprofit organization can use Monroe's name to promote The Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Music Festival.

The appeals court decision reverses a lower court, which found that Ohio County held the intellectual property rights to Monroe's name and could stop the festival from using it.

Judge Joy A. Moore, writing for a three-judge panel, concluded that county officials intended to grant the festival's director the right to use Monroe's name, but failed to formalize the agreement.

Monroe was born in 1911 near Rosine in western Kentucky. He's credited by music historians with creating the sound that became known as bluegrass music.


WBKO.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, no links, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
WBKO 2727 Russellville Road Bowling Green, KY 42101-3976 Phone: 270-781-1313 After Hours Hotline: 270-781-6397 Fax: 270-781-1814
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 186489211 - wbko.com/a?a=186489211
Gray Television, Inc.