Led Zeppelin Win ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Copyright Case For the Second Time

Led Zeppelin Win ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Copyright Case For the Second Time

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Led Zeppelin came out victorious in the latest copyright case regarding their iconic song, “Stairway to Heaven.”

The case started in 2014, claiming that guitarist Jimmy Page had stolen the melody from Spirit’s 1968 song, “Taurus.” Michael Skidmore, the Trustee for late Spirit songwriter Randy Wolfe, filed the lawsuit for copyright infringement.

Although Led Zeppelin won the case in 2016, the Ninth Circuit judges reopened the case in June 2019 by requesting that the trial be heard by a larger panel. The appeal stated that the jury in the initial case had not properly instructed on how to determine copyright infringement in music. They supposedly did not listen to the songs before making a decision.

The trial was brought to a panel of 11 judges in San Francisco in the fall of 2019.

Read the full story on Loudwire.

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