In April, an Illinois songwriter called Guy Hobbs raised charges against Elton John for allegedly stole the premise of his 1985 chart topper, “Nikita” from one of Hobbs’ tunes. Hobbs wrote a song on a similar theme, called “Natasha” set during the Cold War about a Western man falling in love with a Russian woman. The accusation was that Elton John used the theme to create the lyrics for his hit.
Elton John petitioned
the court to dismiss the charges, claiming that the theme of a song is too general a topic for copyright rules to apply. He further asserted that a Grammy-winning artist would not steal lyrics from an unknown writer. The judge took John’s side, and dismissed the case.