Victor Willis

  1. Motley Crue & Tommy Lee Prevail in ‘Rollercoaster’ Drumkit Lawsuit

    January 06, 2014 2:34 AM EST Motley Crue and drummer Tommy Lee have prevailed in a strange lawsuit that proposed that a drum stunt used on the band's 2011 tour was taken from an onstage "rollercoaster" proposal 20 years earlier. The plaintiff in the lawsuit was ...

  2. Village People's Victor Willis Wins Copyright Victory

    September 10, 2013 9:21 PM EDT Victor Willis, the Village People lyricist and performer of such songs as "Y.M.C.A." and "In the Navy," says he's reclaimed the rights to 33 songs he wrote. Under a copyright law from 1978, he told the New York Times he& ...

  3. Village People's Victor Willis Speaks Out on Recent Copyright Victory, Trademark Lawsuits

    May 11, 2012 4:54 PM EDT Victor Willis, the songwriter and original lead singer of the Village People, isn't done being a provocative figure in the music business. Fresh off a victory earlier this week in a battle to terminate his share of a copyright to the band ...

  4. Village People's Victor Willis Wins Huge Rights Reversion Case Over 'YMCA'

    May 08, 2012 2:44 PM EDT A California federal judge has given Village People original singer Victor Willis a big victory in a case that has been closely followed in the music industry. Last year, Willis terminated rights to his share of the group's songs, including t ...

  5. Judge in 'Y.M.C.A.' Copyright Termination Battle Asks to Hear More Information

    December 20, 2011 9:23 AM EST A federal judge is taking the unusual step of allowing an amicus brief to be considered at the early stages of litigation that will determine whether the original lead singer of the Village People has a right to terminate copyright grants on 32 so ...

  6. Village People Singer's Copyright Fight Could Change Music Industry

    August 18, 2011 7:50 AM EDT In what may be the beginning of a major shake-up in the music industry, Victor Willis, the original lead singer of the Village People, has filed paperwork to regain control over his share of the copyright credit for 32 of the band's songs, in ...

  7. Original Village People Member Sues Group

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Village People's first cop wants a revamped version of the group to stop using his likeness and voice. The lawsuit filed last week in San Diego by Victor Willis claims companies continue to use his voice and picture to promote the new Vil ...