A court fight over the name of legendary bluegrass musician Bill Monroe isn't over yet. The Ohio County Industrial Foundation has filed a petition with the Kentucky Court of Appeals seeking a rehearing on whether a nonprofit organization can use Monroe's name to promote The Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Music Festival and for tours of the musician's home place in western Kentucky.
An Ohio County festival honoring bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe was successful despite a legal battle over using the music icon’s name and likeness. Festival Organizer Campbell Mercer says around 15,000 fans attended the Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Celebration last weekend. A court had stopped Mercer from using Monroe’s likeness or name in promotions. Campbell is in a dispute with Ohio County and the county industrial foundation. Both groups lay legal claim to Monroe’s name and image since they bought the rights from Monroe’s sons 13 years ago.
The use of bluegrass legend Bill Monroe’s name and likeness to promote an Ohio County bluegrass festival is at the center of a lawsuit between the festival’s organizer and the county government. Ohio County and its industrial foundation purchased the rights to Monroe’s name and image from the musician’s son 13 years ago. The dispute is over whether the county gave the Jerusalem Ridge Foundation, which hosts the Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Music Festival, permission to use them. Festival organizer Campbell Mercer says they were given the rights and thinks they can win the case. The Ohio Co