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Court victory for ex-Village People lead singer
Ex-Village People lead singer wins legal battle to regain rights to "Y.M.C.A.," other hits
By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' The original lead singer of the Village People has fought off an effort to keep him from regaining rights to "Y.M.C.A." and other group hits.

A federal judge in Los Angeles on Monday rejected a lawsuit by two music publishers that argued Victor Willis had no right to regain at least partial ownership of 33 songs he co-wrote under contract. It's the first test of a decades-old copyright provision and could mean millions in additional royalties for Willis.

The former San Diego resident tells U-T San Diego ( that the ruling benefits all songwriters.

But Stewart Levy, an attorney for Scorpio Music and Can't Stop Productions, tells the New York Times ( that it doesn't lay out how much Willis will get and the case is far from over.

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