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.