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Elton John

Victorious

In Lyric-Lifting Lawsuit

11/3/2012 9:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1102-elton-john-tmzElton John has won his legal war over the lyrics to his hit song "Nikita" -- an Illinois judge has dismissed the lawsuit against the singer, which alleged Elton lifted the words.

TMZ broke the story ... a songwriter named Guy Hobbs sued Elton back in April, claiming Elton jacked his lyrics ... then used them to pen the chart-topping 1985 hit "Nikita." Hobbs wrote a song called "Natasha" about a Western man falling for a Russian woman during the Cold War.

Elton shot back by asking the court to dismiss Hobbs' lawsuit -- claiming a Grammy-winning musician such as himself would never steal lyrics from some no-name songwriter. Elton also argued the theme of "Natasha" is too general to win copyright protection.

The judge agreed, so case closed.

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Meanie    

Team Elton!

530 days ago
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Parker    

damn he looks like an old lesbian going thru menopause...ofh i forgot he is an old ass lesbian...cant stand this fat bald wig wearing homo!

530 days ago
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DaveT    

Obviously Elton doesn't need to steal anyone's lyrics to be successful :D
With Bernie Taupin on lyrics, Elton turns them into music magic with his piano and talent. He's given us some of the best songs over the years, catchy and fun, or deep and meaningful, the man can connect his emotions to his fingertips and turn it into songs that stick in our heads for decades.

530 days ago
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ManiacalZebra    

You'd think it would have taken less than 27 years for him to figure out that the song was "stolen."

530 days ago
5.

kennedykh    

Get em elton

530 days ago
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Stiletto    

And in celebration, he immediately rushed out and bought himself a new butt plug.

530 days ago
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His Prince Michael    

Undoubtedly, Sir Elton's brilliant work speaks for itself.
Yet, for some overpaid and over-fed robed bastard
to issue a judgement without even allowing pertinent
evidence to be presented?
Ah, Corporate America's Golden Rule:
Those with the gold, make the rule.


The 2000 Hanging-chad "Election"?
The 2008 A.C.O.R.N. "Election"?
The 2012 Almighty God SELECTION:
http://www.all4webs.com/q/f/love4yahweh
http://www.flickr.com/photos/72265268@N08

530 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

It's so stupid that it's laughable. A man who has written songs for OVER 40 years would steal a couple of words from a nobody. Yeah, Elton John is that desperate.....lol.
TEAM ELTON.

530 days ago
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cocoapuff    

Let Detroit Go BankRupt????
Who would say such a thing-- anyway team Obama for me all the way to the voting polls. He saved our AUTO INDUSTRY, he is a HERO.

530 days ago
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His Prince Michael    

@CocoaCrispy -lol: Firstly, the Pharaoh cannot even save HIMSELF, much-less an industry. If my memory serves me correctly, the Automobile "Bailout"
program was originally implemented by his Son-of-A-Bush predecessor.
Perhaps, you're thinking of the Newspaper Industry "Bailout"? Namely, tens of MILLIONS of tax-payer dollars to Tribune Inc. A longtime PARTNER of -you guessed it - the Pharaoh of The United States.
Yet, their days are numbered.


2000 Hanging-Chad "Election"?
2008 A.C.O.R.N.-fraud "Election"?
The 2012 Almighty God SELECTION:
http://www.all4webs.com/q/f/love4yahweh
http://www.flickr.com/photos/72265286@N08

530 days ago
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Diana     

Years ago I spent weeks in a Chicago jury box where a young man was suing Madonna and her venue for fraud.. He paid top dollar for two front row concert tickets not knowing that Madonna lip-sycs. He was suing for a refund. Long story short. Judge sided with Madonna (who brought in big gun law firms.)

Final ruling :: the definition of "concert". A ticket price does not guarruntee live singing. It covers light show costumes , lasers , back up singers, back up dancers and an appearance of the headliner. As long as 10 percent of a concert is live than there is no fraud, That why opening acts are live and the celebrity can lip sync her whole performance AALSO the term "CONCERT" has been replaced by the term "TOUR" WHERE THE DEFINITION IS MUCH MORE BROAD.

530 days ago
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MrHarrybawls2010    

As he gets older Elton John is looking more and more like a miserable little toad.

530 days ago
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IceGypsy    

Someone thought they would sue Elton for stealing a song?. Are you kidding me? Ummmm yah okay. Elton works with one of the best lyricist ever I highly doubt he would need to steal this guy's song.

530 days ago
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M'    

GOOF, THINKS HE IS ROYALTY!!! BIG DEAL, HE CAN SING YAAAAAAAAAAWNNNNNNN Still a F'N'Nancy, and little TANTRUM BEE-OTCH!!!

530 days ago
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Nobrows    

Elton John is so full of himself. If he could get away with stealing lyrics that he liked, he would do it in a heartbeat and then play the "I'm an Award Winning Song Writer" card and you are just a nobody.
Makes me sick.

530 days ago
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