Village People Singer Wins Copyright Termination Suit

Law360, New York (May 8, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT) -- 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...
To view the full article, register now.




Case Information

Case Title

Scorpio Music S.A. et al v. Willis

Case Number



California Southern

Nature of Suit



Barry Ted Moskowitz

Date Filed

July 14, 2011

Law Firms


Judge Analytics

Law360 Pro Say Podcast
Check out Law360's new podcast, Pro Say, which offers a weekly recap of both the biggest stories and hidden gems from the world of law.