Lawyer For Led Zeppelin Asks For Dismissal In 'Stairway To Heaven' Case
June 21, 2016 at 8:26 AM (PT)
The lawyers representing LED ZEPPELIN in the copyright case involving "Stairway To Heaven," have asked U.S. District Judge R. GARY KLAUSNER to dismiss the case.
USA TODAY reports, "The estate of RANDY WOLFE, founder of the band SPIRIT, failed to prove it owned the copyright to his 1968 song 'Taurus' or that it was substantially similar to Stairway, attorney PETER ANDERSON said." "Plaintiff rested and failed to carry his burden of proof on multiple issues,” ANDERSON wrote in a motion to dismiss.
Last week (NET NEWS 6/17), ALL ACCESS reported JIMMY PAGE testified that he did not plagiarize the opening riff of "Stairway to Heaven" from SPIRIT's 1968 song "Taurus." Under questioning from the attorney for the estate of SPIRIT's RANDY CALIFORNIA, the LED ZEPPELIN guitarist said that he had not heard "Taurus" until alerted to it in recent years by online allegations of copying, despite SPIRIT sharing concert bills with LED ZEPPELIN before "Stairway" was released. But PAGE admitted that he owned a copy of SPIRIT's record among his large LP collection.
Here are both songs, so you can decide: