Village People Singer Wins Copyright Termination Suit

Law360, New York (May 08, 2012, 3:20 PM ET) -- Original lead singer of The Village People, Victor Willis, on Monday won a landmark copyright termination dispute when a California federal judge allowed the musician to recover rights to "YMCA," "In the Navy" and other songs due to a decades-old change in the Copyright Act.

U.S. District Judge Barry T. Moskowitz upheld a change in the U.S. Copyright Act made in the mid-1970s that gave musicians the ability to reclaim the rights to their songs starting in 2013, 35 years after the changes took effect in...
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Case Title

Scorpio Music S.A. et al v. Willis


Case Number

3:11-cv-01557

Court

California Southern

Nature of Suit

Copyright

Judge

Barry Ted Moskowitz

Date Filed

July 14, 2011

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