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Led Zeppelin win Stairway to Heaven plagiarism case

The veteran rock stars appeared at a federal court in Los Angeles to deny claims that the guitar intro to the 1971 song was “lifted” from an instrumental track called Taurus.

A lawsuit was filed by Michael Skidmore, the trustee of Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe – known as Randy California – who drowned in 1997 having never taken legal action over the song.

Following a week-long trial, a jury of four men and four women found Taurus and Stairway To Heaven were not “extrinsically similar”.

  • Hard Little Machine

    sounds like purchased justice.

  • Daviddowntown

    She aint pretty she just looks that way.

  • bargogx1

    As well they should have. It’s been proven that that chord progression has been used in numerous pieces of music going back centuries. If Led Zep deserves to be sued for stealing it from Spirit, then Spirit deserves to be sued for stealing it from whoever used it before they did.

  • There’s a Song Remains the Same joke here somewhere.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Reminding me of the joke about Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
      We used to change the chorus of Two Tribes from ‘when two tribes go to war one is all that you can score’ to ‘when two songs sound the same not listening anymore’.
      And Def Leppard.
      Lovely guys when you see them in documentaries but every Nine Arm and Sucks song sounds like every other one that they have.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Led Zeppelin is a vastly overrated band that I loved when I was a kid.
    They should have never released In Through The Out Door.