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Sir Elton John and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin have been left "surprised" and "disappointed" by a "baseless" lawsuit accusing the pair of stealing the lyrics to their hit song Nikita.
Photojournalist/songwriter Guy Hobbs has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in Illinois, claiming Sir Elton's 1985 chart hit, which features lyrics penned by longterm collaborator Taupin, bears striking similarities to his own track Natasha, which he wrote three years prior.
In his court papers, Hobbs claims he came up with the tune, about his love affair with a Russian cruise ship waitress, and had it copyrighted before sending it out to various publishing companies, including Big Pig - the firm which handles the Rocket Man star's songs.
But representatives for both Sir Elton and Taupin have denied the allegations, dismissing the suit as "completely meritless".
A statement issued to the New York Post's Page Six column reads: "Sir Elton John and Mr. Bernie Taupin were surprised and disappointed to learn of the lawsuit for copyright infringement brought against them by Guy Hobbs concerning the lyrics of their 80s hit Nikita.
"Sir Elton and Mr. Taupin do not know the plaintiff, nor did they make use of any song lyrics he claims to have written when they wrote Nikita. 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."
Hobbs alleges it has taken him over two decades to take legal action because he moved to Africa in 1984.


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hello handsome elton, how are yu? take care love from Elson
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hello elto,n, hey, NO I don't believe it, I know its Elton's songs, I studied Elton JOhn, Bernie Taupin all my life beginning to end, from the beginning its definately his song, 30 years goes by, someone says something, now, NO thats not how it goes, a song was song and written for so long, same old same old, can't be anything there, cuz there could be another song of Elton Johns' for as long as all the songs were written I know for all his music, I was listening, thats his I think, I don't think I was wrong, I listened to every song, how could ay, be? A B C, so it goes, thats my opinion, I could get as much as I could to learn about him, I think he's authentic, song writer, musicican, piano player, its nice, really nice, and if someone wrote a song, women think differently, but men how come 30 years later or 26 like that said, thats weird, hey, why bother someone, I thought it was about a soldier was that airplane maybe, Nikita, I guess he doesn't say who its about, maybe a woman soldier or an lovely name as it is, we think about it, how nice its song and written, no one sang it, tillnow, its interesting how lovely elton john sings it, eh, good luck, I believe its his song, fun goes a long way, whats new? its not on the charts for yesterday either, its like somene coming back at yu and stealing your dog old . must be nice anyhow to play, who knows how to play that? nobody, like Bach, Chevkovski, he's written it very well, a symphany almost, maybe he fell in love with a girl named Nikita? will he ever tell us, how he did it?maybe its someone we know, cute anyhow, I love the songs he writes, and sings, and plays, too too good, anyhow thats my opinion, hope everything alright with elton, I have man it rained real hard, overflowing lakes,rivers, creeks, its flooding, in some areas, so take care, and be careful how to drive, and be good, love from Elson, oh yeah, thanks for the rose, I bought one its very nice to give to him, hoping everything goes through better, Natasha plays flute, lets see if she can play Nikita I'll ask her to play it, getting them to play the recorder is good for interesting how nice it'll be for them. Oh God, did you hear Elton the grizzly is coming out? wow! I mean wow! how they ran it was a story in the newspaper, wow! right in front of them!! wow! tO oh my God they're coming, take care
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I might care if Sir Elton wasn't such a money grubbing POS. After all he did sing and rub elbows at noted homophobe and hate monger Rush Limpballs wedding for a very large amount of money. I hope Sir John loses every dime Rush Limbaugh paid him.
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dear elton, does the plant called Nitilda a grassy climber called fargeuines have anything to do with Nakita the song?yeah I maybe so, and the Skyrocket cedars like named after your song rocket man? isn't that nice, a cedar looking pointy tree, thinking of that, makes me think of that song, wouldn't that be nice, from songs to shurbs trees, growing like children , cute, nice though, ever4ything ok with you too?I send my love and hope everythign ok, I know I need to diet, doing what my best is about, so take care, and I"m fine, hope you are well and happy, God bless from a fan the lson, sundown cowgirl., thanks for a chance fo a date one day meting...
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