SA man claims Elton John stole lyrics

2012-05-05 22:30
Johannesburg - A Cape Town photographer has filed papers with an American court, claiming that Sir Elton John plagiarised his song lyrics, the Sunday Times reported.

Guy Hobbs plans to sue John, lyricist Bernie Taupin and their company Big Pig Music because their song 'Nikita' contained similar lyrics to a song he wrote called 'Natasha'.

Hobbs said he waited more than 25 years to take the matter to court because he hoped the pair would offer him a settlement.

He also claimed he first heard the 1985 hit song in 2001.

Hobbs said he sent his lyrics to a number of music publishers, including Big Pig, in 1984.

He said he could prove the authenticity of his claim because he kept an unopened registered letter of the work he sent to himself in May and November 1983.

A spokesperson for John and Taupin said Hobbs claim was unfounded.

"In short, the suit is completely meritless. The fact that Hobbs has chosen 26 years after the release of Nikita to bring this lawsuit calls his motives into question."


  • Logan Porter - 2012-05-05 23:08

    And where is the article?

  • Wayne - 2012-05-05 23:26

    WOW, it took you this long to file a claim. Times are tough?

      laurice.cooperwilliamsletard - 2012-05-06 08:20

      You hit the nail on the head Wayne. Why does'nt the nutcase just make a new song for Natasha. Oh Yes, Just thought maybe Natasha also left 26 years ago. People do weird things for money these days.

      Preshen - 2012-05-07 10:11

      You have to make money the with e-toll and rising price of Fuel

  • Tokelo MediaOwner Fako - 2012-05-05 23:39

    Wow this guy though.. I think the man is mentally disturbed.. hai Suka

  • Ted - 2012-05-06 00:28

    Statute of limitations? I understand music when it reaches 50 years its free for all? Why wait half the way up that ladder? Is a lawsuit still valid. Lawyers help me before I call this guy something nasty like calling him an idiot. I don't wanna say that before I know the fact coz he nay as well be.

  • Refiloe - 2012-05-06 02:22

    lol. get a life

  • gerrie.swanepoel - 2012-05-06 06:39

    Was this man locked away somewhere for years? I know this song basicly all my life! He claims he only heard Nikita in 2001? Sad song say so mutch? Maybe he was to druck at the club at the end of the street... He was not the one :-)

  • mapudieric.morakiwamachacha - 2012-05-06 06:58

    i cn sense de veracity of this man's claim, hence i endorse his court bid. Being alton john doesnt gv hm a right 2 steal others' songs. U go boy, u gonna b given a chance 2 argue ur case in de court of law nd wish u win nd justice takes its course

  • ian.levinson.7 - 2012-05-06 07:55

    is this one of the guys that was arrested with all that dope, dream on chop

  • chanki.modise - 2012-05-06 09:01

    Dude 27yrs is lucky number nt 25yrs ask Nelson will tell you i guess this dude jst bought elton cd now.stop smoking that thng is nt for your mind

      sduplessis - 2012-05-06 11:23

      pity you don't know English hey? or pt3 yo d0nt s8k it.. whatever

  • Tumelo - 2012-05-06 16:49

    Not uncommon for Europeans and Americans to steal intellectual property, not surprised at all. These sort of rip-offs happen a lot in the music industry!Don't be biased cause the perpertrator is \sir Elton John\.The guy probably has his reasons why he's only pursuing the matter now!remember the song Mbube aka in the jungle? And how long was it before justice was served?

      Maximus - 2012-05-07 13:04

      No one wants to steal from African scraps. Get real.

  • Maximus - 2012-05-07 13:01

    Sounds like someone is a little hurt after he spread his cheeks and never got called back.

  • Daniel Oosthuizen - 2012-05-08 06:12

    i know - lets blame apartheid!!

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