U.S. ap­peals court to re­visit Zep­pelin ‘Stair­way’ de­ci­sion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINM­ENT -

(Reuters) — A U.S. ap­peals court de­cided on Mon­day to re­view its re­cent de­ci­sion re­gard­ing whether Led Zep­pelin stole the open­ing gui­tar riff for its 1971 an­them “Stair­way to Heaven,” but the plain­tiff’s lawyer still ex­pects a re­trial to go for­ward. The rock band, lead singer Robert Plant and gui­tarist Jimmy Page had been ac­cused of copyright in­fringe­ment for steal­ing the riff from “Tau­rus,” a song writ­ten in 1967 by the gui­tarist Randy Wolfe of the lesser-known band Spirit.

A jury in Los Angeles ruled in fa­vor of Led Zep­pelin in June 2016, but the 9th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals ruled 3-0 last Septem­ber that er­rors by the trial judge re­quired a new trial. Fran­cis Malofiy, a lawyer for the trustee rep­re­sent­ing Wolfe’s es­tate, said the 11judge ap­peals court panel that will re­con­sider the case un­der Mon­day’s or­der will fo­cus on whether to broaden copyright pro­tec­tion for “Tau­rus.”

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