Led Zeppelin wins copyright lawsuit after Supreme Court denies hearing: report

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Led Zeppelin’s copyright lawsuit will not go to the United States Supreme Court.

NPR reports that SCOTUS has refused to hear the long-standing case, in which Michael Skidmore, an heir to Spirit frontman Randy Wolfe, alleged similarities between the instrumental intro of “Stairway to Heaven” and “Taurus” by Spirit.

The legal battle began in 2014 and a jury ruled in favor of Led Zeppelin in 2016, the outlet reports.

In March, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that the song had not been copied.

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Francis Malofiy, counsel for Wolfe’s estate, said at the time that the band had won “on a technical point” because the jury would not have been allowed to listen to the song, but instead considered the sheet music. written submitted to the US Copyright Office.

Led Zeppelin won a long-standing legal battle over the must-see rock “Stairway to Heaven”. It has been alleged that the song has similarities to Spirit’s “Taurus”. (Getty Images)

“I think it’s very disheartening for creatives, and it’s a big win for the multi-billion dollar music industry,” the lawyer said.

In 2014, Spirit bassist Mark Andes said Wolfe, known as Randy California, never brought his own action against Led Zeppelin – specifically Jimmy Page and Robert Plant – due to lack of resources. , reports People magazine.

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Wolfe drowned in 1997 saving his 12-year-old son, Quinn, who had been caught in a tearing current in Hawaii. Quinn survived the ordeal.

Representatives for Skidmore and Zeppelin did not immediately respond to FOX Business’s request for comment.

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