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Elton John

Sued Over Hit Song --

You Jacked My Lyrics!!!

4/27/2012 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Elton John
is a no good dirty lyric stealer -- at least according to a self-proclaimed "award-winning" photojournalist and songwriter, who claims Elton coldheartedly ripped off the lyrics to the hit song "Nikita."

The man behind the accusations -- named Guy Hobbs -- filed the lawsuit in Illinois federal court, claiming he wrote a song called "Natasha" back in 1982 based on his affair with a Russian cruise ship waitress ... and three years later, Elton jacked his idea.

According to the lawsuit, Guy copyrighted the song and circulated the lyrics to multiple publishing companies -- including Big Pig, which solely publishes Elton John songs -- but he never heard back.

In 1985, Elton John released "Nikita" -- and Guy claims the lyrics bear "significant similarities" to "Natasha" ... even though "Nikita" is about an East GERMAN female border guard during the Cold War. Hobbs doesn't specify exactly which lyrics were allegedly stolen.

Now, nearly 30 years later, Guy is suing for copyright infringement -- demanding unspecified damages.

As for what took him so long to sue -- Guy says he's been living in Africa since 1984 ... and news travels slow over there.

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7:17 AM PDT -- A rep for Elton and Bernie have released a statement ... saying they "do not know the plaintiff, nor did they make use of any song lyrics he claims to have written when they wrote 'Nikita.'"

The rep continues, "In short, the suit is completely meritless. The fact that Hobbs has chosen to wait more than 26 years after the release of "Nikita" to bring this lawsuit calls his motives into question. Sir Elton John and Mr. Taupin fully expect to prevail against this baseless claim."

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1.

Jordan    

Elton i should sue you just to sue you and waste my money like this moron is doing.

853 days ago
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Majestik    

RIIIIIIIIIIIGHT, he's just suing now, thirty years later cause he's been living in Africa and news travels slowly?
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Dude you would have done better to say you were living in a bomb shelter all these years and didn't emerge until a month ago and realized that Elton stole your song. Sorry, this just does NOT computer, nor make sense, bull**** on all levels.

853 days ago
3.

Steve     

Whts he suing Elton, shouldn't he be suing Bernie? There his lyrics.

853 days ago
4.

pink floyd    

and who knew back then that nikita was a guy?

853 days ago
5.

Helen    

Why sue Elton anyway? He is not the lyricist.

What part of Africa could had he been in? No where in the world is that isolated.

853 days ago
6.

Bridget    

Oh, we can do that???


Uhhh..... I just remembered, all that stuff the beatles claimed they wrote...THAT WAS ALL ME BABY...now, give me money!!!!


This dude is rediculous. I bet Elton got quite a chuckle out of this.

853 days ago
7.

Jackie    

HA HA HA HA....Where in Africa?...Even Kony gets news.

853 days ago
8.

RaineeDrops    

Used to like Elton John, now he and Madonna are just vulgar and narcissistic. Haughty.

853 days ago
9.

Bea    

I love Elton's music, but that video is somewhat misleading, Nikita is a male, not a female name.

853 days ago
10.

RaineeDrops    

There is internet access in MANY areas of Africa!
You can access news sites over there, just like here.

853 days ago
11.

Superman    

"even though "Natasha" is about a GERMAN female border guard"
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TMZ staffer got confused. It should be "Nikita".

853 days ago
12.

alan    

This is the worst song of all time.

853 days ago
13.

Anonymous    

In related news, 50 million siblings have decided to file a class action suit over the song "Daniel (my brother)".
This is such a load of crap suit. They should make the filer pay Elton's legal costs.

853 days ago
14.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Was he living in a cave in Africa? Whenever I watch my son play MW3, it shows people in Africa are playing too. It's a big ass continent.

853 days ago
15.

Pondscum    

Thirty years...Really? WTF?

853 days ago
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