Elton John Convinces Court To Dismiss 'Nikita' Copyright Case
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Natasha" songwriter Guy Hobbs asked the court to acknowledge the similarities between the two songs, including "a theme of impossible love between a Western man and a Communist woman during the Cold War," and "references to written correspondence to the beloved."
Despite Hobbs' claim that the songs shared too many "unique combinations" to be a coincidence, the court didn't agree, stating that copyright law does not cover general ideas, but the specific expression of an idea.
"While the court conceded that the two songs had some similar characteristics, many of them are "rudimentary, commonplace, standard, or unavoidable in popular love songs." more on this story
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