Elton John Kicks Copyright Suit Over 'Nikita' Lyrics

Law360, New York (October 31, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT) -- An Illinois judge ruled on Wednesday that the lyrics of Elton John's song “Nikita” did not infringe the copyright of a South African lyricist, saying its theme of an impossible Cold War romance was a common one for decades.

Guy Hobbs alleged that elements from his unpublished song "Natasha" were stolen and used in "Nikita," which, with lyrics by Bernie Taupin, was released in 1985. Both songs deal with the unrequited love of a Western man and an Eastern European woman.

But U.S. District Judge Amy...
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