After two years of waiting, it appears that a lawsuit against members of Led Zeppelin is headed for trial. LBN’s Ryan Gaumont reports that the estate of Randy California, late guitarist of the band Spirit, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in 2014 alleging that the opening riff of “Stairway to Heaven” copies music from Spirit’s song “Taurus.” Led Zeppelin stars Robert Plant and Jimmy Page are both named as defendants in the lawsuit. The lawsuit was originally filed in Philadelphia. Venue was later changed to California.
Spirit got together in 1967, and the song “Taurus” appeared on their first album with Ode Records. “Stairway to Heaven” was released in late 1971 on Led Zeppelin’s untitled fourth album. The case got back on track on April 8 when California District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled that the plaintiffs had presented enough evidence to warrant submitting the case to a jury for determination whether a copyright infringement had occurred.
The case could be tried as early as this coming May.
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