Montgomery Cleared by Supreme Court

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that John Michael Montgomery did not violate the rights of his late father’s estate in a video, “I Miss You a Little,” The Associated Press reports. To pay tribute to Harold Montgomery — who worked as an electrician and a butcher while harboring hopes of becoming a country singer — Montgomery used footage of his father singing a song he wrote and once performed on Ernest Tubb’s Midnight Jamboree, “Let Me Be Young Again.” The video included other nods to Harold Montgomery’s memory including a shot of his gravestone. Barbara Montgomery, Harold’s widow and John Michael’s stepmother, claimed that John Michael did not ask permission, and that he violated his father’s “rights of publicity.” The court ruled 5-2 that the video is constitutionally protected expression. 11/21/01