Newswire: Led Zeppelin didn’t steal the guitar riff from “Stairway To Heaven,” jury rules

Led Zeppelin’s music is derivative of a lot of things, sure—but not the band Spirit. That statement is now legally binding, as the Associated Press reports that a jury in Los Angeles has declared Led Zeppelin the victor in an ongoing copyright lawsuit. The suit was filed back in 2014 by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for Randy Wolfe, a.k.a Randy California, lead songwriter for Spirit. The suit alleges that the famous guitar intro to “Stairway To Heaven,” familiar from dorm rooms and Guitar Center showrooms worldwide, was stolen from the 1968 Spirit song “Taurus.”

The lawsuit finally made its way to court earlier this year, where Judge Gary Klausner ruled that the two songs were similar enough to warrant a jury trial. After a weeklong trial in which defense attorneys grilled members of Led Zeppelin on their exposure to Spirit’s music in the late ‘60s …

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