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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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42 COMMENTS

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DaveT    

Elton John doesn't need to steal anybody else's songs, he's an awesome musician and singer

770 days ago
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Jordan    

Whats next Madonna going to sue elton saying he stole like a virgin?

770 days ago
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Jackie    

LOL...Guy Hobbs...get a life please.

770 days ago
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LDB    

Watch out, Hobbs. Elton might hit you with his purse.

770 days ago
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Bob    

I don't care anything about this story and didn't actually read all of it. All I want to know, is how long did TMZ hang on to this photo with the high hopes of finding a reason to post it? It is an awful picture and I'm sure the production crew has been praying for any excuse to use it for a very long time.

770 days ago
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PopTart    

Maybe he can get a patent on it. Look at Apple. They patented the "rectangle shape" - so anyone who makes a tablet or phone in a rectangle shape is now violating that patent. Come on Elton, learn some bad habits from those bullies at Apple!

770 days ago
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mary    

elton john, is (in my opinion) the best singer ever!! his voice is beautiful and has no timeline. his songs will be enjoyed by many generations. and bernie taupin, is the best song writer. together they produced magic. this man is foolish to say they stole his song.

770 days ago
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Ephie    

It took this guy almost 30 years to realize his lyrics were stolen? Does anyone else smell crazy?

770 days ago
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Moi    

Elton John needs to CHILLAX. he is turning into a bitter old man. His words make him even more of an idiot. AND he has a child? come on Elton. Take a bitter-pill.

770 days ago
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Oh A 💛💋    

That sh!t cray ....

770 days ago
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Truth    

1985? WTF?? IS THE DUDE 90 THAT HE'S DESPERATE TO SUE SOME OVER THE HILL GAY HOMO SONGWRITER FOR 2 BITS NOW??? BESIDES JOHN HAS HIS ASS TOO MUCH UP GRANDONNA'S TO WORRY ABOUT JACKING A STRAIGHT DUDE'S LYRICS. #TRUTH!!

770 days ago
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Bridget    

Uh, yea...if this guy was going to claim an artist ripped him off, he should have picked a different artist if he wanted people to believe him. Elton doesn't need to steal anything from anybody. He is real deal, true talent. I saw Sir Elton in concert once and he was flat out outstanding. This Hobbs guy is either crazy or was hoping Elton would just throw money at him to stop the annoyance.

770 days ago
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Who the Hell is Khloe    

I like to sue rich people over popular words such as "cats" and "bacon" because I used them all the time and think about them!

770 days ago
14.

Faye    

Elton supposedly stole the song in 1985 and it took this moron this long to notice?

770 days ago
15.

Revelations    

Elton is gayyyyyyyyyyy

770 days ago
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