Jury rules that Led Zeppelin didn’t rip off ‘Stairway to Heaven’

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“Stairway to Heaven” still stands. 

After over a week of deliberations, a jury in a California court ruled on Thursday that Led Zeppelin’s 1971 track — not to mention a lasting legacy of rock n roll — was not a rip-off of Spirit’s “Taurus.” 

In a unanimous vote at Los Angeles’ Edward R. Roybal Federal Building, a jury denied the copyright infringement claim filed by Michael Skidmore, a representative for the trust of Spirit guitarist and “Taurus” writer Randy Wolfe, and Spirit bassist Mark Andes.

The lawsuit, which was filed last year, argued that the opening of “Stairway to Heaven” — a Renaissance-style acoustic guitar riff in a descending chromatic scale — was pulled from “Taurus,” which was released three years before “Stairway to Heaven.” Read more…

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