Are you following the Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarism trial? Then you’ll want to see this.

Five years on, the estate of Randy California of the band Spirit is still trying to prove that Jimmy Page blatantly ripped off elements of a 1968 instrument called “Taurus” for use in the intro to some song called “Stairway to Heaven.”

The first trial ended with a victory for Zeppelin, but that was then overturned on appeal. And here we are again in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

There are eleven(!!!) judges presiding this time. And if you’ve ever wanted to see how one of these musical plagiarism trials work, watch this.

Thanks to Pamela for the link.

Alan Cross

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3 thoughts on “Are you following the Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarism trial? Then you’ll want to see this.

  • September 26, 2019 at 11:10 am
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    A chord progression cannot be copyrighted.
    The descending chords appear in lots of compositions. The Mary Poppins Chim Chiminy song has them.
    Where does this end?

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  • September 27, 2019 at 9:59 am
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    Closing Argument from Zeppelin’s laser says it all. Listen to “Ice Cream Dreams” By Cartoone . Jimmy used Chromatic Decending Chords before he had heard Taurus.
    Case closed.

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