The Supreme Court Will Not Hear Copyright Dispute Between Led Zeppelin And Spirit

In August, the estate of Randy “California” Wolfe filed a petition for a writ of certiorari in their ongoing case against Led Zeppelin, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a March 2020 ruling by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upholding the 2016 trial verdict that found “Stairway To Heaven” was not a copy of “Taurus”. Bloomberg Law Supreme Court reporter Kimberly Robinson tweeted: “#SCOTUS won’t hear copyright dispute over legendary ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ No. 20-142 Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin.”

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Led Zeppelin to Stream “Celebration Day” Concert This Weekend on YouTube

Led Zeppelin has partnered with YouTube for a special streaming event of “Celebration Day”. Recorded live at London’s O2 Arena on December 10, 2007, the film captures a two-hour-plus tour de force of the band’s signature blues-infused rock ‘n’ roll that instantly became part of the legend of Led Zeppelin. Founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, to perform 16 songs from their celebrated catalog, including landmark tracks “Whole Lotta Love”, “Rock And Roll”, “Kashmir”, “Stairway To Heaven”. “Celebration Day” and more will be streamed in its entirety for three days only on the official Led Zeppelin YouTube channel, premiering this Saturday, May 30, at 8 p.m. GMT / 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PST.Continue reading

Led Zeppelin Wins “Stairway To Heaven”: Lawsuit Appeal Case

Led Zeppelin has won a major decision in the copyright appeal battle over ‘Stairway to Heaven’ as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a jury verdict finding the song did not infringe on the 1968 song ‘Taurus’ by the band Spirit. The ruling is also a significant win for the music industry, which has felt itself fighting a losing battle against frivolous copyright suits since the “Blurred Lines” trial in 2015. The court overturned the so-called “inverse ratio rule,” a precedent that has governed copyright cases in the 9th Circuit for the last 43 years. Continue reading

Led Zeppelin Cleared Once Again In Copyright Lawsuit Over “Stairway To Heaven”

According to NBC News and, the Justice Department filed a friend of court brief late Thursday supporting Led Zeppelin’s in the “Stairway To Heaven” copyright lawsuit. Last September, a federal appeals court decided unanimously to overturn a jury’s decision that ‘Stairway’ classic was not a rip-off of Spirit’s song ‘Taurus’. Michael Skidmore, the trustee of ‘Taurus’ songwriter Randy “California” Wolfe’s estate, had brought the claims more than four decades after ‘Stairway To Heaven’ appeared on Led Zeppelin’s s untitled album, better known as Led Zeppelin IV or Zoso. In its brief filed Thursday, the Justice Department said the trial judge got it right when he ruled that the only work subject to copyright protection was the sheet music because the song was written before Congress changed the law in 1972, which gave protection to sound recordings. In June 2016, a Los Angeles jury deliberated for about five hours before deciding unanimously in favor of Zeppelin.Continue reading

Listen To Mastodon’s Cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven”

Mastodon released their tribute EP to their late band manager Nick John, a cover of Led Zeppelin classic ‘Stairway To Heaven’. John, who also managed Gojira, passed away last September from pancreatic cancer. The limited-edition 10-inch vinyl features the Studio Version on Side A and a Live Version on Side B. It was made available in participating independent retailers on Saturday, April 13. All proceeds from the single will be donated to pancreatic cancer research. Lighters out and crack it up! Continue reading

Led Zeppelin Court Case Over “Stairway To Heaven” Overturned, Appeal Incoming

In a report via the BBC, Led Zeppelin, who had won their court case over the claim that their most famous song ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was stolen, have now had that court decision overturned. A retrial is a certainty now. Michael Skidmore, the trustee of ‘Taurus’ songwriter Randy “California” Wolfe’s estate, had brought the claims more than four decades after “Stairway To Heaven” appeared on Zep’s untitled album, better known as “Led Zeppelin IV”.The verdict in the case came down within 15 minutes of the jury’s request to re-listen to both Spirit’s track ‘Taurus’ and ‘Stairway To Heaven’. They wanted to hear a section of each song twice, alternating from one to the other. They decided that what they heard wasn’t substantially similar enough to call it copyright infringement. Anyone with a cursory knowledge of Skidmore appealed, and on Friday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided a new trial was needed because the judge who presided over a 2016 trial had given erroneous and prejudicial instructions to the jury. The part of the song in question is the descending minor chord progression which has been used in countless songs, dating back to the blues and folk music of the early 20th century. “Stairway To Heaven’ was released on Led Zeppelin IV in 1973 and ascended into pop culture as their best-known song after their 1976 concert film The Song Remains The Same. Continue reading