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A Copyright Battle Over Led Zeppelin's Iconic Song

October 4, 2018

Led Zeppelin will have to re-do a trial on whether the song is an infringement of Spirit's "Taurus" after the Ninth Circuit flags improper jury instructions and says the jury should have gotten to hear the recording.

A copyright battle over Led Zeppelin's iconic song "Stairway to Heaven" is back on after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday partially vacated the trial court's judgment in favor of the band and remanded the case for a new trial.

The lawsuit was brought by Michael Skidmore, the Trustee for deceased songwriter Randy Wolfe (best known as Randy California), who composed Spirit's "Taurus" in the late 1960s. The complaint — 43 years in the making after much discussion in the musical community over whether "Stairway to Heaven" plagiarized "Taurus" — explicitly demanded a rewriting of rock history.
 
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