The songwriter and his lawyers says he's won a closely watched copyright case and recovered the rights to 33 of his songs.
Victor Willis, the lyricist and performer of such songs as "Y.M.C.A." and "In the Navy" with the Village People, says he's reclaimed the rights to 33 songs he wrote.
Under a copyright law from 1978, he told the New York Times he's exercised his "termination rights," which allow creators to establish control over works they had signed away after a 35-year period, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2013.
Willis is reportedly the first artist to make such a legal triumph public. In 2011, artists including Bob Dylan and Tom Petty had reportedly filed in advance to reclaim ownership of portions of their catalog.