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    Led Zeppelin stars face copyright trial

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      Led Zeppelin stars face copyright trial

      Led Zeppelin stars face copyright trial - BBC News
      Led Zeppelin founders Robert Plant and Jimmy Page must face trial in a copyright row over the song Stairway to Heaven, a US court has ruled.

      A Los Angeles district judge said there were enough similarities between the song and an instrumental by the band Spirit to let a jury decide.

      The trial has been scheduled for 10 May.

      Stairway to Heaven, released in 1971, is widely seen as one of the greatest rock compositions of all time.

      The copyright infringement action has been brought by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the late Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe, who played on the same bill as Led Zeppelin in the 1960s, and claims he should be given a writing credit on the track.

      Led Zeppelin guitarist Page and lead singer Plant are reputed to have written Stairway to Heaven in a remote cottage in Wales.

      However, Mr Skidmore has suggested the song came about after the band heard Spirit perform the instrumental Taurus while the bands toured together in 1968 and 1969.

      US district judge Gary Klausner said a jury could find "substantial" similarity between the first two minutes of Stairway and Taurus.

      "While it is true that a descending chromatic four-chord progression is a common convention that abounds in the music industry, the similarities here transcend this core structure," Judge Klausner ruled.

      "What remains is a subjective assessment of the 'concept and feel' of two works... a task no more suitable for a judge than for a jury."

      He also said the trustee can get only 50% of any damages awarded, citing a 1967 contract Wolfe signed.
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      Re: Led Zeppelin stars face copyright trial

      Hilarious.
      The only winners will be the lawyers.

      This made me laugh
      Lawyers for the two rockers have asked the judge to exclude evidence of the “adverse effects of drinking or drug use in the 1960s or later” as a factor in their allegedly flawed recollection of whether they were familiar with a song they are accused of copying.

      Zeppelin Loses Bid to Dodge Trial Over
      The plaintiff court summary is here;
      https://www.scribd.com/doc/304931364...uthorities-pdf

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      Re: Led Zeppelin stars face copyright trial

      45 years to bring a case of copy-write infringement? As said the only winners here will be the lawyers.

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      Re: Led Zeppelin stars face copyright trial

      A very interesting comparison of the two songs here
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      Re: Led Zeppelin stars face copyright trial

      Nice one...

      So now can we say that any author who used the words, 'It was a dark and stormy night' or variations thereof anywhere in their book is guilty of plagiarism?

      You can hear similarities all over the place with music, there's not that many notes and chords available!

      Maybe Mr Plant and co. did get the basic melody idea from Taurus, but to say it's a copy is, IMHO, stretching it just a tad!
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      Re: Led Zeppelin stars face copyright trial

      Love this one for demonstrating some similar chord progression, all down to Bach



      Do remember that interview with Ian Anderson discussing the similarity with Eagles Hotel California and Jethro Tull We Used to Know;

      There's certainly no bitterness or any sense of plagiarism attached to my view on it, although I do sometimes allude, in a joking way, to accepting it as a kind of tribute. It's a bit like this tribute Rolex that I'm wearing.

      http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interv...f_jethro_tull/
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