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Elton John

Hey Loser, I Didn't Steal Your Dumb Lyrics

8/13/2012 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Elton John insists ... he did NOT steal the lyrics to his song "Nikita" -- especially not from some NO-NAME songwriter -- despite a recent lawsuit that says otherwise ... and now, Elton's asking for the suit to be thrown out of court.

TMZ broke the story ... a songwriter named Guy Hobbs sued Sir Elton back in April, claiming Elton jacked his song lyrics ... then used them to pen the chart-topping 1985 hit "Nikita" ... without Hobbs' knowledge or consent.

But Elton is firing back -- filing his own legal docs in response, claiming, "The suggestion that the Grammy-Award winning composer/lyricist team of Elton John and Bernie Taupin ... would need to copy these commonplace elements from [Hobbs'] lyrics is not only baseless and absurd, but it also misses the essential legal point."

Which is ... Hobbs can't legally copyright an idea -- especially not something as broad as a theme involving a Western man falling for a Russian woman.

According to the docs, Hobbs believes Elton also copied his use of the EXTREMELY commonplace phrase "I need you" in the chorus ... as well as the words "just" and "never."

Bottom line -- Elton claims Hobbs' complaint is so vague ... the guy has no right to sue for copyright infringement, period.

Elton wants Hobbs' lawsuit dismissed stat. A judge has yet to rule.

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Cheryl A.    

Elton John/Bernie Taupin are as well known in the music industry as Lennon/McCartney.

Besides, America had a his song in the '70's called "I need you" so maybe Mr. Hobbs stole his idea from that song, including the phrase "I need you"

711 days ago
17.

twinsies    

Why did it take so long for the guy to file a lawsuit for a song that came out 30 years ago? It just occurred to him now that it might sound like his song?

711 days ago
18.

Anne    

Elton, Bernie, sue that Hobbs guy! He used "I need you"? You used it before in "I Need You To Turn To". And of course Bernie invented the words (You did, Bernie, didn't you?). Sue that Hobbs dude. And if it's only to show him how silly and pathetic he is.

711 days ago
19.

Michael    

Here is the insert from a South African tv show over this whole issue ....

http://beta.mnet.co.za/mnetvideo/browsevideo.aspx?CPage=0&CategoryId=0&ChannelId=35&Search=&sortby=5&vid=39540

711 days ago
20.

ha    

Elton is getting crankier by the day. Pretty soon he'll be standing out on his lawn in his boxers yelling at kids to stay off his grass.

711 days ago
21.

Meanie    

Now anyone named Angie, Nikita, Sue, Lucy will be able to sue for using their name too?

711 days ago
22.

Phishie from Philly    

How come it took him almost 30 years to sue Elton. Why didn't the man suing Elton sue him back when it happened. Is this the same guy who tried selling the Brooklyn Bridge a few years ago?
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Phishie from Philly

711 days ago
23.

Blue    

27 years later this guy decides to sue??? Uh..he better watch out, Elton might call him a Fair Grounds Stripper!

711 days ago
24.

SpitBall    

Well, that does it, Harvey. I want TMZ to cease and desist the use of my phrases without my consent. They are: "steal the lyrics" "NO-NAME songwriter" "lawsuit that says otherwise" "thrown out of court" "knowledge or consent" "Elton is firing back" "commonplace elements" "baseless and absurd" "essential legal point" "falling for a Russian woman" "According to the docs" "EXTREMELY commonplace" "as well as" "Bottom line" "so vague" "the guy" "no right to sue" "copyright infringement" " A judge has yet to rule."

711 days ago
25.

elysummers    

I don't believe Hobbs was old enough to have penned a hit for the likes of Sir Elton John. Why would Elton "steal" a song from someone who was still in school. It doesn't make sense.

711 days ago
26.

Vernon P. Alarcon    

This old f hag needs to get off all drugs ASAP

711 days ago
27.

JDUB    

Lesson to Guy Hobbs - Do NOT mess with the Queen of the Gay Mafia, you will lose.

711 days ago
28.

Lifekix    

Let's just hope he doesn't go schizo like dimebag Darrell Abbott s killer.

711 days ago
29.

CriticXtreme    

This is a very nice track!

711 days ago
30.

TheRodster21    

The fact that the song is 40 years old makes the other man look like an idiot and is probably sueing just for money

711 days ago
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