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Led Zep Plaintiff Lawyer: Case 'Tried in Alternate Reality'

June 23, 2016

Attorney Francis Malofiy, the lawyer for the plaintiff that brought a copyright lawsuit against Led Zeppelin, has responded to the verdict. On Thursday, a Los Angeles jury ruled in the legendary group's favor, shooting down the allegation that the...

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Led Zeppelin 'Stairway' Verdict: Inside the Courtroom

June 23, 2016

The song royalties will remain the same, as Goliath slayed David in the verdict for the Led Zeppelin copyright infringement trial that's been playing out in Los Angeles federal court for over a week. In the court's decision on "Michael Skidmore v....

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Led Zeppelin Win in 'Stairway to Heaven' Trial

June 23, 2016

Led Zeppelin have won a copyright lawsuit that claimed they had plagiarized the music to their most celebrated song, "Stairway to Heaven." A Los Angeles jury determined Thursday that the lawyer representing the estate of late guitarist Randy Wolfe,...

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Led Zeppelin 'Stairway' Trial Goes to Jury

June 22, 2016

The copyright infringement lawsuit against Led Zeppelin over the songwriting credits and profits of its classic "Stairway to Heaven" has now gone to the jury, which began deliberations Wednesday morning. In the sixth day of the case - "Michael...

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What Happens If Led Zeppelin Lose the 'Stairway' Trial?

June 22, 2016

After a brisk, colorful trial, a jury is expected to leave a Los Angeles federal courtroom Wednesday afternoon and deliberate the question every rock fan has been forced to mull over for the past week: Did Led Zeppelin lift the distinctive arpeggio...

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Led Zeppelin Urge Judge to Halt 'Stairway to Heaven' Trial

June 20, 2016

Attorneys representing Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Warner Music have requested U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner to halt proceedings in Led Zeppelin's ongoing copyright infringement trial, Billboard reports.  The defendants argue that...

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Colbert on Led Zeppelin Trial: 'They're Screwed'

June 17, 2016

Stephen Colbert has bad news for Led Zeppelin, who are currently defending their 1971 epic "Stairway to Heaven" in court against plagiarism accusations. "They're screwed," the host told the band. "Guys, take your money and hide it in Panama." At...

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Jimmy Page Testifies as 'Stairway to Heaven' Trial Heats Up

June 16, 2016

The copyright court battle between Led Zeppelin and 1960s psych-rockers Spirit over "Stairway to Heaven" took a startling turn Wednesday in the trial's second day, as guitarist Jimmy Page was called to the stand to testify in his and the band's...

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Flashback: Page & Plant Play 'Candy Store Rock' at Final Gig

June 14, 2016

They may not have pleased John Paul Jones very much, but the Jimmy Page and Robert Plant tours of 1995/96 and 1998 were as close to Led Zeppelin reunion tours as the world ever saw. They were billed as Page and Plant and there was a studio album...

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Who Were Spirit, the Band From Zeppelin's 'Stairway' Trial?

June 10, 2016

Who the hell were Spirit? It's not a crime if you don't remember the Los Angeles band that flourished in the late Sixties and early Seventies. They barely brushed the mainstream during their time, and since then, their songs haven't exactly become staples...

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Led Zeppelin 'Stairway' Trial: The 10 Weirdest Moments

June 23, 2016

The Led Zeppelin classic "Stairway to Heaven" may have been pop music's first symphony. However, a recent lawsuit filed against Zeppelin - over claims that "Stairway" stole its signature intro from "Taurus," an instrumental by Sixties psychedelic...

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12 Artists Who Ripped Off Led Zeppelin

June 23, 2016

As the "Stairway to Heaven" trial reminds us, Led Zeppelin's business practices – especially when it came to giving proper songwriting credit for songs that were partly or wholly lifted from other sources – were often as suspect as their...

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Led Zeppelin's 10 Boldest Rip-Offs

June 22, 2016

Reasonable people can disagree on whether (and how heavily) Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" filches from Spirit's "Taurus" – that's why there's a court case in progress. But the reason many people aren't extending Led Zeppelin the benefit of...

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Robert Plant on Spirit Song: 'I Don't Remember It'

June 21, 2016

"I didn't remember it then, and I don't remember it now." That was the defining statement from the most anticipated testimony yet in the copyright infringement case facing Led Zeppelin in Los Angeles federal court: iconic Zep frontman Robert Plant. At...

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Led Zeppelin 'Stairway to Heaven' Trial Gets Ugly

June 18, 2016

The surviving members of Led Zeppelin squashed one of the group's most established and enduring mythologies when the band's bassist/keyboardist/songwriter John Paul Jones took the stand in day four of the copyright infringement suit "Michael...

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'Stairway to Heaven' Trial Day 3: 'Mary Poppins' Connection

June 16, 2016

Day three of the copyright infringement trial between Led Zeppelin and Sixties rockers Spirit over the authorship of "Stairway to Heaven" continued with the plaintiffs' contentious examination of iconic Zeppelin guitarist and songwriter Jimmy...

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Led Zep Appear in Court for Colorful 'Stairway' Trial

June 14, 2016

As the trial known on the docket as "Michael Skidmore vs. Led Zeppelin et al" kicked off its first day in Los Angeles federal court Tuesday, the proceedings commenced with a unique blend of awe-inspiring superstar charisma and snore-inducing legalese. The...

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Does It Matter If Led Zeppelin Stole “Stairway to Heaven”?

June 14, 2016

"All epic anthems must measure themselves against 'Stairway to Heaven,'" Rolling Stone wrote of the Led Zeppelin classic on its 500 Greatest Songs list in 2011. Guitarist Jimmy Page said the song "crystallized the essence of the band."...

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Songs on Trial: 10 Landmark Music Copyright Cases

June 8, 2016

Western music is made up of just 12 notes, which yield a practically infinite number of songs. That's the theory, at least. It's only natural that composers mimic what's been successful in the past, but as Robin Thicke and Pharrell learned the...

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