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Led Zeppelin win “Stairway To Heaven” Court case

Led Zeppelin have won their court battle over the copyright of ‘Stairway To Heaven’ with the US Supreme Court declining to hear the case.

Led Zeppelin have won court case
Led Zeppelin win "Stairway To Heaven" Court Case

Led Zeppelin have won their court battle over the copyright of ‘Stairway To Heaven’ with the US Supreme Court declining to hear the case.

Led Zeppelin win Court case

Consequence Of Sound reported on the original case back in 2016 when it first went on trial, after lawyers representing the family of Spirit songwriter Randy California accused Led Zeppelin of plagiarising their song ‘Taurus’ which was released four years before ‘Stairway to Heaven’.

In June 2016, the jury found in favour of Led Zeppelin and cleared the band of any wrongdoing. That verdict was overturned based on the fact that the jury weren’t given sufficient clarity on what defines “originality” within the music industry.

The case against Led Zeppelin has finally been put to bed as the US Supreme Court are now declining to re-hear the case. The court evidences yet another court case, this time in March 2020, the lower court decision was that the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ is not a rip off of ‘Taurus’.

According to the professional lawyers for Bloomberg, the legal process has now finally been exhausted meaning that ‘Stairway to Heaven’ is now officially and undeniably Led Zeppelin’s intellectual property. Led Zeppelin guitarist and songwriter Jimmy Page did acknowledge that Spirit, who Led Zeppelin had previously toured with before the release of ‘Stairway to Heaven’, might have been a source of inspiration for his writing of the classic hit but called all accusations of plagiarism “ridiculous”.

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