Monthly Archives: May 2012

Village Person Wins Big in Suit to Reclaim His Interest in Village People’s Iconic Hits

A California district judge issued an important copyright decision yesterday, holding that Defendant Victor Willis, the original lead singer of the Village People, is entitled to terminate his post-1977 grants to two publishers, Can’t Stop the Music and  Scorpio Productions, of his copyright interests in 33 musical compositions , including the monster hits, “YMCA,” “In the Navy,” and “Go West.”

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An IP Address Is Not Sufficient Evidence to Identify a Person

A New York federal judge quashed and/or limited adult film industry plaintiffs’ requests for early discovery in a copyright infringement case stemming from numerous “John Doe”  defendants’ supposed illegal downloading of adult films. As a part of his analysis in this ruling,  U.S. Magistrate Gary R. Brown held last Tuesday that an IP address is not sufficient evidence to identify a specific person in a case alleging that pornographic copyrighted material was illegally downloaded. According Magistrate Brown, “It is no more likely that the subscriber to an IP address carried out a particular computer function — here the purported illegal downloading of a single pornographic film — than to say an individual who pays the telephone bill made a specific telephone call.”

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