Village People Singer Wins Copyright Termination Suit
By Scott Flaherty
Law360, New York (May 8, 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...