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Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: May 11, 2012

 

Victor Willis

In a landmark ruling, former lead singer of the Village People, Victor Willis, has won the right to reacquire and administer works such as Y.M.C.A. Willis invoked a provision of copyright law called “termination rights, which allow songwriters to reclaim signed-away copyrights after 35 years.

EMI Music Publishing could likewise lose its right to The Pink Panther Theme, as the iconic song’s publishing company, Northridge Music Inc. filed a claim seeking more than $1.35 million in unpaid “net profits”.

With the music industry still mourning Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch, the Beastie Boys have been hit with a lawsuit for copyright infringement relating to samples on License to Ill and Paul’s Boutique.

Popular AMC series Mad Men reportedly shelled out $250,000 for the use of The Beatles’ Tomorrow Never Knows. To clear the use, Lionsgate needed to license publishing rights from Sony ATV Publishing, and the rights to the master held by EMI.

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