Thanks to the recent victory by Mr. Willis of The Village People, Terminations Rights are making headlines. Read the full story in the New York Times but here’s a great excerpt.
Mr. Willis, who dressed as a policeman during the group’s heyday, was able to recapture those songs, thanks to a little-known provision of copyright legislation that went into effect in 1978. That law granted musicians and songwriters what are known as “termination rights,” allowing them to recover control of their creations after 35 years, even if they had originally signed away their rights.
Read more here: A Copyright Victory, 35 Years Later – NYTimes.com.