Led Zeppelin wins “Stairway to Heaven” trial

ledzeppelin2A California jury ruled in Led Zeppelin’s favor in the “Stairway to Heaven” trial today, deciding that the band was not guilty of copyright infringement when writing the song.

The accusations were brought towards Zeppelin by Michael Skidmore, the trustee of guitarist/singer/songwriter Randy Wolfe of the band Spirit. The claim alleged Zeppelin plagiarized Spirit’s song “Taurus” in creating “Stairway To Heaven.”

Per the Hollywood Reporter, the jury decided that while Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page had heard “Taurus” before writing “Stairway,” there were not enough similarities between the song to validate Skidmore’s claims. The jury reportedly came to a decision a half hour after listening to the two songs one last time.

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“We are grateful for the jury’s conscientious service and pleased that it has ruled in our favor, putting to rest questions about the origins of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and confirming what we have known for 45 years,” Page and Plant said in a statement, per Rolling Stone. ” We appreciate our fans’ support and look forward to putting this legal matter behind us.”

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Of course, fans will continue to make their own judgments on this issue. But as far as the courts are concerned, “Stairway to Heaven” is all Zeppelin.

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