X-Rated Holiday Album Suit Settled

The songwriters and publishers of several holiday classics, including "Frosty The Snowman" and "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," have reached an out-of-court settlement with the distributor of an albu

The songwriters and publishers of several holiday classics, including "Frosty The Snowman" and "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," have reached an out-of-court settlement with the distributor of an album that contains explicit and sexually graphic renditions of those and other holiday staples. Billboard Bulletin reports the settlement requires Kissimmee, Fla.-based Party On Parody Productions (POPP) to pay the authors and publishers -- which include Warner/Chappell Music and Jewel Music Publishing -- an undisclosed sum. It also requires that all copies of the album "Matt Rogers' Rated X Mas," which POPP has distributed in the U.S. for at least three years, be destroyed, according to an attorney for the authors and publishers. The plaintiffs filed a copyright-infringement lawsuit against POPP in May in U.S. District Court in New York, claiming that, the album contains versions of the songs with "lewd" lyrics. Titles include "Frosty The Pervert" and "Have A Pornographic Christmas." Neither POPP operator Scott S. Gordon nor the company's lawyer could be reached for comment.