For those that grew up in the 70s and 80s and on Rock n Roll, Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ is one of the all time rock anthems. The band has been defending copyright infringement claims from the estate of an artist who wrote a song that was similar to Stairway.
This interesting summary of the case from the Rolling Stone detailed the heated exchanges between the attorneys and provides some observations from a layman point of view:
The Rolling Stone link provides a version of a song called ‘Taurus’ by the band Spirit. The guitar riff sounds surprisingly similar to the intro in ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ What may surprise some is that in a copyright infringement case like this one, the jury is not allowed to hear the original recordings of “Stairway to Heaven” and “Taurus” in determining their verdict. Instead, an expert performs both songs based on the original sheet music.
While both Jimmy Page and Robert Plant denied remembering the band Spirit or their song, there was evidence they shared the same stage as Spirit in the past, and that Page owned a copy of the Spirit record with Taurus on it.
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