Led Zeppelin is victorious in the “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarism case.
The band, one of the best-selling rock acts of all time, claimed victory after the US Supreme Court refused to hear the case, which means that a decision by the US Court of Appeals in March 2020 in favor of Led Zeppelin will still stand.
Lead singer Robert Blunt and guitarist Jimmy Page have been charged in a six-year case with lifting vocals – one of the most popular openings in rock – from a song called “Taurus” written by the late Randy Wolf of the American band Spirit.
Wolf, who played Randy California, drowned in 1997, and the guardian filed the case by the guardian of his property. It was one of the most closely watched copyright issues in the music industry, potentially exposing Plant and Page to millions of dollars in damages.
Led Zeppelin was the opening for Spirit on a 1968 US tour, but Paige testified at a 2016 jury trial in Los Angeles that he hadn’t heard “Taurus” until recently.
A Los Angeles jury found that the scum they were accused of stealing did not, in essence, resemble the opening strings of “Stairway to Heaven”.
Frances Malovey, who was representing Wolf’s estate, said Monday that Led Zeppelin “won a technical order” and said the lawsuit had achieved its goal.
Malovey said, “Today, the world knows that: 1) Randy California wrote an introduction to” Stairway to Heaven “; 2) Led Zeppelin are the greatest art thieves of all time; and 3) Courts are imperfect like rock stars. Permit.
Led Zeppelin has yet to comment on the outcome of the case.
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