MI2N
Music Industry News Network
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH
Advanced Search
MusicDish Advertising Network
Subscribe to Mi2N's Free Newsletters B2N (business) i2N (indie)
HOME | FREE NEWS SUBMISSION | PREMIUM PR DISTRIBUTION | PR COPYWRITING | RSS FEEDS | TESTIMONIALS | CONTACT

Sections: Band | Business | Career | Events | Label | Music Releases | Radio | Tech | Video | Web Events
Genres: Country/Folk | Dance/Electronica | Jazz/Blues | Latin | Rock | Urban | World
International: Asia | Canada | Europe

Advertise | Artist Development | Submit Video | MusicDish*China | MusicDish e-Journal | MusicDish Network | Urban Music News Network
Business News (more headlines) 11-11-2012

Pryor Cashman Wins Dismissal Of All Claims Against Elton John And Bernie Taupin In Copyright Case Involving Song "Nikita"

Bookmark and Share
Pryor Cashman has won dismissal of all claims brought against Sir Elton John and his longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin in a music copyright infringement case.

The federal court in Chicago dismissed a copyright infringement claim brought by Guy Hobbs against Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Hobbs, a photojournalist and aspiring songwriter, claimed that the lyrics of Elton John's 1985 hit song Nikita infringed Hobbs's lyrics entitled Natasha, which he claimed to have circulated among music publishers in 1984. Hobbs's lyrics, which were never put to music, were inspired by his doomed cruise ship romance with a Russian waitress.

U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve rejected Hobbs's claim and granted John's and Taupin's motion to dismiss his complaint as a matter of law, finding that each of the elements which Hobbs alleged had been copied were "rudimentary, commonplace, and standard," making them unprotectable under copyright law. The court stated: "after filtering out the non-protected elements, no similarities exist between the two songs except for generic themes, words and phrases…. In sum, the similarities highlighted by Hobbs are not sufficiently unique or complex to establish copyright infringement."

Representatives of John and Taupin stated that the songwriting team always vigorously defends against meritless claims and protects the rights in their copyrighted works. John, Taupin, and publisher Big Pig Music were represented by Tom J. Ferber, Ilene S. Farkas and Stephanie Kline of Pryor Cashman LLP.



Bookmark and Share

back | top



MusicDish Advertising Network

Mi2N Music PR

The Gore Boyz (T.G.B.) Set Out To Save The Music Industry

Legendary Rock Guitar Hits Auction

Marcus Darc Hurts 'Em Bad With "Hail Mary" Tupac Rap Challenge

Rob Chiarelli "Winning" Another #1 Album

Project-TO - The White Side, The Black Side

Viral Artist Bryson Morris Considered To Be The Next MattyB Of Hip Hop

80s Retro Album From JIVE64 Completes The Nostalgic Vibes Started With 'Stranger Things'



MusicDish*China Song Blast
Promote Your Music Single In China

News Headlines
Mi2N EDITOR'S PICKS
» Top 3 Trends Impacting Global Digital Music Content Market Through 2020
» Acoustic Geometry Unveils New Acoustic Bass Management Product
» 4 Entertainment Announces New Management Signing Of Ted Nash
» Marcus Darc Hurts 'Em Bad With "Hail Mary" Tupac Rap Challenge
» Pandora Still Tops Rapidly Changing US Music Streaming Market
» ASCAP's New Digital Team Will Transform Services For Members And Licensees
» Spotify Partners With Tinder To Swipe Up The Volume
» Legendary Rock Guitar Hits Auction
» Rob Chiarelli "Winning" Another #1 Album
» Singer-Songwriter Natalie Jean Wins Big At 2016 Josie Music Awards


Get your music news covered...
Have your press release written
by the pros at Mi2N

Articles
MUSICDISH E-JOURNAL
» New York Media Festival Returns To Manhattan
» The Humanistic Museum Rock And Roll Art Journey
» French Music Legends Magma Release DVD Of First Tour Of China "Nihao Hamtaï - Magma In China"
» Nasty Wizard Recordings Release: Thug Mills (AUS) & Chinese Football (CHN)
» BandLab Acquires MONO
» Canadian Rock Band Ménage "Lost In China" Tour
» British Electro-pop Trio Ooberfuse "The Globetrotters" China Tour
» First Tennessee Hires Andrew Kintz To Lead New Music Industry Banking Group
» Carsick Cars, Chui Wan, Alpine Decline Headline October Tour Of North America
» WANG WEN: Experimental Post-Rock Unit To Release Ninth Studio Album
» TMA Signs CCM Artist John Clark Blackwell To Management
» UK Festival Market Driven By "Super Fans"

Mi2N's Music PR distribution service guarantees online exposure for your press release. Choose from seven (7) different packages.


HOME | FREE NEWS SUBMISSION | PREMIUM PR DISTRIBUTION | PR COPYWRITING | RSS FEEDS | TESTIMONIALS | CONTACT

Sections: Band | Business | Career | Events | Label | Music Releases | Radio | Tech | Video | Web Events
Genres: Country/Folk | Dance/Electronica | Jazz/Blues | Latin | Rock | Urban | World
International: Asia | Canada | Europe

Advertise | Artist Development | Submit Video | MusicDish*China | MusicDish e-Journal | MusicDish Network | Urban Music News Network
Copyright © 1997-2015 MusicDish LLC, all rights reserved. Text, graphics, and HTML code are protected by US and International Copyright Laws, and may not be copied, reprinted, published, translated, hosted, or otherwise distributed by any means without explicit permission.