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Appeal Filed In Led Zeppelin 'Stairway To Heaven' Copyright Trial

Postby sunnyd » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:37 pm

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The battle over "Stairway to Heaven" will rage on for at least one more chapter as Spirit's attorney filed an appeal with a federal court to argue the June verdict that sided with Led Zeppelin in the copyright infringement case.

In a 90-page brief filed Wednesday at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, attorney Francis Malofiy – the lawyer representing Michael Skidmore, the trustee of Spirit guitarist Randy (California) Wolfe's estate – argued that a series of "erroneous" jury instructions were to blame for the unanimous verdict siding with Led Zeppelin in the bizarre plagiarism case.

At the crux of the "Stairway" lawsuit is the accusation that the IV classic copies a riff found on Spirit's instrumental "Taurus," which predates the 1971 single. In his appeal, Malifoy wrote that the jury did not find the two songs "substantially similar" because they were not permitted to hear the version of "Taurus" that Jimmy Page allegedly ripped off.

"The most important of these errors was that the trial court refused to let the jury hear the full and complete composition of 'Taurus' embodied in the sound recordings that Jimmy Page possessed, instead limiting the comparison to an outline of the 'Taurus' composition in the deposit copy lead sheet," Malifoy wrote.

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