Led Zepplin found not guilty of copyright infringement

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LOS ANGELES- After 5 hours of deliberation, a jury found Led Zeppelin front-man Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page not guilty of copyright infringement on their famous hit “Stairway to Heaven”.

The case focused on allegations that Led Zeppelin took main elements of note patterns for the guitar licks in first two minutes of their hit from a song “Taurus” by 1960s band, Spirit.

The song “Taurus” is an instrumental ballad that was released in 1968, four years before “Stairway to Heaven”.

The filed suit asked for partial song writing credit and compensation to the estate of deceased Spirit musician, Randy Craig Wolfe.

“Stairway to Heaven” is estimated to have a worth of 572 million dollars since its release in 1971, according to portfolio.com in 2008.

 

 

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