Elton John Wins Rights in Nikita Case

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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.

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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.

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