Led Zeppelin Urge Judge to Halt 'Stairway to Heaven' Trial - Rolling Stone
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Led Zeppelin Urge Judge to Halt ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Trial

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Warner Music insist plaintiff has failed to introduce burden of proof after three days

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 plaintiff Michael Skidmore’s lawyer Francis Malofiy failed to establish burden of proof during three days of testimony. “Although the parties’ pre-trial filings identified what plaintiff Michael Skidmore needed to prove to establish his claims, Skidmore failed to prove required elements of his claims for direct, contributory and vicarious copyright infringement,” stated Led Zeppelin’s attorney Peter J. Anderson.

The plaintiff alleges that Led Zeppelin plagiarized from 1968’s “Taurus” to write their 1971 classic “Stairway to Heaven.” In court, Malofiy played the Led Zeppelin epic alongside Spirit’s “Taurus” and attempted to establish that Page heard the song prior to writing “Stairway.” The guitarist refuted that argument, testifying that he hadn’t heard the Spirit track until a few years ago. 

While the trial is set to resume Tuesday, June 21st, with Led Zeppelin presenting their case, the defendants’ lawyers have urged the judge to make a judgment as a matter of law on Monday, June 20th. 

The “Michael Skidmore vs. Led Zeppelin et al.” trial has provided its fair share of headline-worthy moments – from a public courtroom reunion of John Paul Jones, Plant and Page to Malofiy presenting Mary Poppins classic “Chim Chim Cher-ee” as a potential inspiration on “Stairway to Heaven.”


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