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Elton John Wants 'Baseless And Absurd' Lawsuit Over Nikita Lyrics Dismissed

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Oh, he's not having any of this!!!

A songwriter named Guy Hobbs filed a lawsuit against Elton John back in April over the lyrics used in his 1985 hit Nikita, but the musician is calling the charges "baseless and absurd."

Hobbs alleges that many of the lyrics used in the song are taken from a song called Natasha that he wrote in 1982 and sent to Elton's music publishing company only to never hear back. On top of calling Rocket Man out for stealing such brilliantly generic words such as "I need you," "just," and "never," this guy thinks he stole the entire idea for the song.

Hobbs' Natasha is based on his affair with a Russian cruise ship waitress, while Elton's Nikita is about an East German female border guard during the Cold War.

Since you can't copyright an idea behind a song and the lyrics are "commonplace elements", Elton and co-writer Bernie Taupin have fired back, saying:

"The suggestion that the Grammy-Award winning composer/lyricist team of Elton John and Bernie Taupin … would need to copy these commonplace elements from [Hobbs'] lyrics is not only baseless and absurd, but it also misses the essential legal point."

A judge has yet to make a decision on the case, but the defendants want it dismissed.

Based on the information sources are presenting, it sounds like Elton John won't have to pay out unspecified damages for a lawsuit THIRTY YEARS in the making.

[Image via Mavrix Online.]

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5 comments to “Elton John Wants 'Baseless And Absurd' Lawsuit Over Nikita Lyrics Dismissed”

  1. Awwwwwww says – reply to this


    Not even the uber-rich get their crap nicely set away in stone. Why Perez? You claim to idolize this genius, but in fact, you could not give a crap. I had to get a termination due to my parents telling me that I was a crap parent, person, everything. I was married. I did it on my own. Not good huh? Who spilled out all the facts? Huh?

  2. 2

    I don't know why but I think there's a chance he did copy it. Maybe he did receive the song that Hobbs sent to him and maybe he didn't directly copy it but just got the idea for Nikita from it…or maybe he doesn't read or listen to any mail he receives and the similarities of the 2 songs are just coincidental…either way we'll never know the truth.

  3. 3

    Why wait 2 decades to complain? Elton John is an odd littlle diva, but a talented one at that…those where the days before silly blonde social butterflies bought copyrights to general english words such as "hot" … So I dont know why Elton even bothered with a statment.

  4. 4

    Re: Rosette Nebula
    He lives in South Africa..maybe the song wasn't that popular there…Hobbs said he bought a music book and saw the lyrics there for the first time.
    Yeah that does sound odd though, the length of time and also I don't get the bit about suing for the generic words,odd.
    But I don't know, it's also weird that Elton wrote a song similar to the experience the Hobbs guy had with a Russian girl. The thing that makes me think there's a chance it could be true is that Elton was a really really heavy drug and alcohol user and I doubt he remembers much before the 90s. He's a genius no doubt about it..there's just a 'but, maybe' in my mind, lol!

  5. 5

    I love that picture of Elton, looks like he's dusting off his bitch slappers!