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Led Zeppelin ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Trial Resumes Today, Opposing Lawyer Calls It a Battle ‘Against Giants’

Postby MrFredPFL » Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:21 am

Story : https://variety.com/2019/music/news/led-zeppelin-stairway-to-heaven-trial-resume





The legal rollercoaster of the “Stairway to Heaven” trial — which pits Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, writers of the Led Zeppelin anthem, against the publishers of the earlier song “Taurus” by Spirit — resumes in a San Francisco 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this morning.

The lawsuit, initiated by controversial Philadelphia lawyer Francis Malofiy, takes place after a series of lawsuits in which juries have ruled against superstar songwriters, ranging from the Marvin Gaye estate’s 2015 $5.3 million victory over “Blurred Lines” cowriters Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams to last summer’s $2.7 million decision against Katy Perry and cowriters of the song “Dark Horse.”

This latest incarnation of the “Stairway” lawsuit is considered so pivotal that the judge in a case regarding similarities between Marvin Gaye’s 1973 classic “Let’s Get It On” and Ed Sheeran’s 2014 smash “Thinking Out Loud” is waiting to see what happens in the Led Zeppelin trial before moving forward.

“Taurus,” an instrumental written by Spirit guitarist Randy California — whose real name was Randy Wolfe, and passed away in 1997 — was originally released in 1968, three years before “Stairway.” While similarities between the two songs have long been noted, California declined to pursue legal action during his lifetime.







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Re: Led Zeppelin ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Trial Resumes Today, O

Postby bmh67wa » Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:42 pm

Hate to say it but they do sound very similar. The guy obviously didn't care to pursue it when he was alive though so I think this is just another B.S. lawsuit.
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