Elton John IP Suit Nixed Under Wrong Precedent, 7th Circ. Told

Law360, Los Angeles (March 4, 2013, 10:28 PM EST) -- A South African lyricist urged the Seventh Circuit on Friday to revive his copyright lawsuit claiming Elton John stole the words to the song “Nikita,” arguing that an Illinois judge's dismissal relied on a Seventh Circuit decision that contradicted U.S. Supreme Court precedent and effectively eliminated copyright protection.

Lyricist Guy Hobbs says that Peters v. West, the 2011 Seventh Circuit ruling cited by U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve in her October dismissal, defies U.S. Supreme Court precedent establishing copyright protection when an author creates...
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