Thursday, June 23, 2016

Page and Plant win Stairway to Heaven Plagiarism Lawsuit

By a count of 12-0 Led Zeppelin are deemed not to have taken the opening chord progression to Stairway to Heaven from Spirit's Taurus. After the verdict plaintiffs council Francis Malofiy claim they lost on a technicality, acting as though the entire lawsuit was not based on a technicality. The fact is if the first four notes of both songs where as similar as the next 12, there would never have been a lawsuit. This case boiled down to who owns the Am arpeggio in the 5th position? Answer, not Francis Malefic.

Here's Led Zeppelin's official statement about today's verdict:

We are grateful for the jury's conscientious service and pleased that is has ruled in our favour, putting a rest to questions about the origins of 'Stairway to Heaven' and confirming what we have known for 45 years. We appreciate our fans' support, and look forward to putting this legal matter behind us.

And Warner Brothers official statement:

At Warner Music Group, supporting our artists and protecting their creative freedom is paramount. We are pleased the the jury found in favour of Led Zeppelin, re-affirming the true origins of Stairway to Heaven. Led Zeppelin is one of the greatest bands in history, and Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are peerless songwriters who created many of rock's most influential and enduring songs.

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