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Led Zeppelin victorious in 'Stairway to Heaven' copyright trial

June 23, 2016Article
Reuters

Led Zeppelin prevailed on Thursday in a copyright lawsuit brought against surviving members of the British rock band, as jurors rejected a claim that the opening guitar passage from its classic hit "Stairway to Heaven" was lifted from the lesser-known U.S. band Spirit.

The jury's verdict, which found substantial differences between "Stairway to Heaven" and Spirit's instrumental track "Taurus," followed a weeklong federal court trial in Los Angeles that had called into question the originality of the 1971 song by Led Zeppelin, one of the top-selling rock acts of all time.

While the "Blurred Lines" case might have bolstered hopes of other artists suing for copyright infringement, Led Zeppelin's victory may cause musicians and attorneys to think twice before heading to court, said music industry attorney William Hochberg.

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