7th Circ. Affirms Elton John Win In 'Nikita' Copyright Row

Law360, New York (July 17, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday shot down a bid by a South African lyricist to revive a copyright suit accusing Elton John of stealing the words to the song "Nikita," holding that the two songs aren't substantially similar as a matter of law.

The decision comes after photojournalist and aspiring songwriter Guy Hobbs told the Seventh Circuit in March that an Illinois judge's dismissal relied on a Seventh Circuit decision that contradicted U.S. Supreme Court precedent and effectively eliminated copyright protection. Hobbs argued that Peters v....
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