Elton John Says 'Nikita' No Rip-Off Of Songwriter's 'Natasha'

Law360, New York (August 8, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT) -- Elton John sought Tuesday to dispense with a South African lyricist's allegations that elements from his song "Natasha" were stolen and used in John's hit "Nikita," arguing in Illinois federal court that the works' similarities were merely general ideas shared by countless other compositions.

John, songwriting partner Bernie Taupin and the partnership's publisher, Big Pig Music Ltd., filed a motion to dismiss Guy Hobbs' suit alleging that the 1985 single “Nikita” was ripped off from the plaintiff's own composition “Natasha,” saying the similarities between the two...
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