Led Zeppelin win another 'Stairway to Heaven' copyright case

Rock News 10/03/2020

A copyright lawsuit battle against Led Zeppelin's signature song 'Stairway to Heaven' has been going on since 2014, and once again, Led Zeppelin has won.

In 2014, Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe, filed a copyright infringment against Led Zeppelin's guitarist Jimmy Page. He claimed that Page stole the opening guitar riff for 'Stairway to Heaven' from Spirit's 1968 song 'Taurus'.

Led Zeppelin won the case back in 2016, but in 2018 a new trial was opened by the US appeals court because the felt the jury was innacurate.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Skidmore's lawyer said that he appreciates Led Zep as a band, but "they’re the greatest art thieves of all time and they got away with it again today....

They absolutely stole that piece of work.

In 2019, artists like Tool and Korn showed their support for Led Zeppelin. And finally, now the 9th US Circuit Court Of Appeals in San Francisco has ruled in favour again that Led Zepellin were not at fault and they did not infiringe the copyright of 'Taurus'.

On Youtube, the most watched video of Spirit's 'Taurus' is full of comments of people debating if Led Zeppelin did copy it, with most in favor of Led Zep. With some comments saying:

"There's a lawyer who's sure all that glitters is gold.." - allanfmarsden

"Looks like a drunk person trying to play Stairway to heaven" - Andrea Alonso

"The only thing similar is the 5 note walk down, you don’t own a series of notes. The legal case is bs." - seaaechyewseekay

BYUCopyright on Youtube created a side by side comparison video of the two songs, which you can watch below.