Sep
30
2018
2

Led Zep goes back to court over Stairway plagiarism claims.

Note, by the way, that I avoided a title-based pun for that.

A copyright battle over Led Zeppelin‘s iconic song “Stairway to Heaven” is back on after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday partially vacated the trial court’s judgment in favor of the band and remanded the case for a new trial.

The lawsuit was brought by Michael Skidmore, the Trustee for deceased songwriter Randy Wolfe (best known as Randy California), who composed Spirit‘s “Taurus” in the late 1960s. The complaint — 43 years in the making after much discussion in the musical community over whether “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarized “Taurus” — explicitly demanded a rewriting of rock history.

Because I’m NICE that way, that’s why. (more…)

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