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Appeal Launched In Led Zeppelin 'Stairway To Heaven' Lawsuit


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Michael Skidmore, who unsuccessfully sued Led Zeppelin for copyright infringement over their 1971 classic ‘Stairway to Heaven’, has filed a notice of appeal against the court’s ruling. In June Led Zeppelin were cleared of copying the opening chords of Spirit’s ‘Taurus’, for ‘Stairway to Heaven’, but Skidmore is asking the courts to review their decision.

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The notice of appeal, obtained by The Wrap, reads: “Please take notice that Plaintiff Michael Skidmore, Trustee for the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust, hereby appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from the final judgment entered on June 23, 2016, as well as any and all interlocutory rulings, decisions, and orders that gave rise to the judgment and are merged therein.”

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Led Zeppelin Told They Can Settle 'Stairway To Heaven' Plagiarism Case For $1 Plus Writing Credit


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As the jury trial concerning plagiarism over Led Zeppelin’s totemic rock song ‘Stairway To Heaven’ approaches, the lawyers suing the legendary rock group have apparently told them they can settle the case for $1 plus a writing credit for their client.

The trial is set for May 10th, and will examine the similarities between Zep’s eight-minute monster ‘Stairway To Heaven’ from 1971, perhaps the most famous rock song of all time, and Spirit’s 1968 song ‘Taurus’, and a judge has this week given rulings about what evidence can and cannot be heard by the jury.

Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin - (l-r) Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones

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Led Zeppelin To Face Jury Trial Over 'Stairway To Heaven' Copyright Claim


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Led Zeppelin founders Robert Plant and Jimmy Page will face trial over whether they stole the opening chords for ‘Stairway To Heaven’ from Spirit’s 1967 instrumental, ‘Taurus’. On Friday (April 8th) US district judge Gary Klausner in Los Angeles said there were enough similarities between the two tracks to let a jury decide.

Jimmy pageRobert Plant and Jimmy Page will face a jury trial over their 1971 hit ‘Stairway To Heaven’.

In his ruling Judge Klausner said: "While it is true that a descending chromatic four-chord progression is a common convention that abounds in the music industry, the similarities here transcend this core structure." 

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Jimmy Page - The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards 2015 at Roundhouse - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 11th November 2015

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Jimmy Page - 2014 Nordof Robbins Silver Clef awards - London, United Kingdom - Friday 4th July 2014

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Jimmy Page - Robbie Williams has splashed out £17.5million on Michael Winner's former home, a 46-bed mansion in West London's upmarket Holland Park. His new neighbour will be Jimmy Page from Led Zepplin who lives next door. at Holland Park - London, United Kingdom - Monday 2nd December 2013

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Jimmy Page - The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour 2013 at the Roundhouse in Camden Town at Roundhouse - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 14th November 2013

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Jimmy Page House - Robbie Williams begins the work on his home after winning the latest round in his bitter planning battle with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page over plans to refurbish his £17.5million London mansion. The 41-year-old singer has been in an ongoing dispute with his rock star neighbour since buying the late film director Michael Winner's former home in West London. - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 4th February 2016

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Jimmy Page Admits He Can't Foresee Another Led Zeppelin Reunion Happening


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Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has admitted he can’t see the band holding any future reunion shows. The last time the legendary band took to the stage together was in 2007 for a one-off gig at London’s O2 Arena, where Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones were joined by Jason Bonham, who filled in for his late father John Bonham on drums.

Jimmy PageJimmy Page doesn't think Led Zeppelin will reunite again.

“Led Zeppelin was a creative force that you can’t just snap your fingers and create,” Jimmy Page told The Daily Beast when asked about why they didn't continue following the death of John Bonham in 1980. “It was a blend of these four master musicians, and each of us were important to the sum total of what the band was. I like to think that if it had been me that wasn't there, the others would have made the same decision not to carry on.”

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Jimmy Page Defeats Robbie Williams In Building Dispute


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A long-running battle between musicians has finally been settled, not in the charts but through the courts. A three-month long planning row between rock star neighbours Robbie Williams and Jimmy Page was decided in favour of the Led Zeppelin guitarist.

Former Take That singer Williams has ditched plans to add a huge extension to his £17.5 million Grade II-listed London property, including excavating and building a huge two-storey basement. 71 year old Page had fiercely contested the proposal by appealing to the local council on the grounds that it would affect that foundations of his Grade I-listed home.

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Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has won his building dispute with Robbie Williams

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Led Zeppelin Sort Of Lose First Round In 'Stairway To Heaven' Lawsuit


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Maybe this lawsuit won't be as easy to win as Led Zeppelin probably assumed. Back in May, we reported how relations of the Spirit frontman Randy Craig Wolfe filed a suit against Zeppelin seeking monetary damages and a writing credit for the band's monster hit 'Stairway to Heaven'.

Jimmy PageJimmy Page is accused of stealing his famous chords for 'Stairway to Heaven' from the U.S rock band 'Spirit'

Wolfe's family claimed Zep guitarist Jimmy Page ripped his famous chords for the song from Sprit's 1968 tune 'Taurus'. Interestingly, the two bands once toured together and became familiar with each other's tunes.

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Is Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' Really The Best Guitar Riff Ever?


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Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' has been named the Greatest Guitar Riff of all time in a BBC Radio 2 poll. The blues riff played by Jimmy Page beat the likes of The White Stripes, Nirvana and Metallica. The riff is also recognised by many as the soundtrack of Top of the Pops throughout the 1970s.

Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin in 1973 [Getty/Hulton Archive]

Page said of the honor: "I'm knocked out by this, because I didn't expect that to happen. I wanted a riff that really moved, that people would really get, and would bring a smile to their faces. But when I played it with the band, it really went into overdrive. There was this intent to have this riff and the movement of it, so it was menacing as well as quite sort of caressing."

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Jimmy Page Is "Fed Up" Of Led Zeppelin Frontman Robert Plant Delaying Reunion


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Any rock n roll fans that are waiting for Led Zeppelin to reunite, it seems former frontman Robert Plant is the problem.

The iconic rock group, who made hut songs such as 'Stairway To Heaven' and 'Whole Lotta Love,' last played a show together almost 7 years ago in December 20007 at London's O2 Arena.

But plans to perform again are constantly delayed, and lead guitarist Jimmy Page is getting "fed up" with the situation, as well as Plant.

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Wait, Did Led Zeppelin Really Steal The ‘Stairway To Heaven’ Riff?


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A legal dispute has erupted over the provenance of that riff on Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, widely regarded as one of the greatest rock songs of all time. The copyright infringement is being taken on behalf of the late guitarist Randy California, who, perhaps crucially, played on the same bill as Led Zeppelin in the 1960s.

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California’s lawyers argue he should be given a writing credit on the 1971 track, perhaps the most lucrative in Zeppelin’s back catalogue. Bloomberg estimate that the eight-minute track had earned £334 million as of 2008. That figure is largely down to the fact that the band did not release it as a single, leaving fans with no option but to buy the entire album, Led Zeppelin IV, at the time.

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Wait, Was Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven' Ripped Off From Another Band?


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Led Zeppelin may be facing court as legal papers are in the process of being filed by a US lawyer who claims the opening was directly influenced by the band Spirit’s track ‘Taurus’.

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Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant.

Led Zeppelin are in legal hot water as a US lawyer is preparing paperwork which claims they ripped off the opening of their 1971 classic ballad ‘Stairway to Heaven’. The lawyer is filing an injunction against the reissue of their album Led Zeppelin IV on behalf of the later guitarist Randy California, who was a member of the band Spirit. If the injunction is filed, Led Zeppelin may end up in court having to defend their creative rights and ownership of the song.

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