Led Zep­pelin win copy­right dis­pute over Stair­way To Heaven

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Led Zep­pelin have won a long-run­ning copy­right dis­pute over the open­ing riff in ‘Stair­way To Heaven’. The iconic rock band were ac­cused in 2014 of steal­ing the song’s open­ing riff off a song called ‘Taurus’ by a band called ‘Spirit’ - but a US ap­peals court has now ruled that was not the case. The 9th US Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals in San Fran­cisco has up­held a 2016 trial ver­dict, which con­cluded that the band did not steal the riff. The court rul­ing rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant tri­umph for Led Zep­pelin stars Robert Plant and Jimmy Page - who wrote the song - as they would have been re­quired to pay mil­lions of dol­lars in dam­ages if they’d lost in the courts. The case was re-opened in 2018, when the US Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals de­ter­mined that the trial judge had made a series of er­rors in the orig­i­nal trial, which led to a new hear­ing be­ing or­dered. Last year, mean­while, Jimmy Page con­firmed talks had been staged about a Led Zep­pelin movie. The 76-year-old gui­tarist re­vealed there are “al­ways” dis­cus­sions re­gard­ing a po­ten­tial big screen project fo­cused on the ‘Whole Lotta Love’ rockers. Speak­ing in Septem­ber, he shared: “It’s been dis­cussed. There are al­ways peo­ple try­ing to make money out of Led Zep­pelin. In Siberia and LA, there’s prob­a­bly a meet­ing go­ing on right now.” How­ever, the mu­sic icon in­sisted he isn’t all that en­thu­si­as­tic about the po­ten­tial fea­ture film, say­ing the band’s mu­sic tells fans ev­ery­thing they need to know about their story. He added: “What would I want to do a film for? Lis­ten to the al­bums - it’s all on there.”

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