Entertainment Did Led Zeppelin rip off "Stairway to Heaven"? A court will decide

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  1. dawg

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    BLOOMBERG -- The judge presiding over a lawsuit challenging the authenticity of Led Zeppelin's signature song Stairway to Heaven rejected a bid to delay the case, setting the stage for a May trial -- if it doesn't get settled or dismissed before then.

    A lawyer who contends that the British band stole portions of an obscure composition by the band Spirit for use in the ballad had asked the Los Angeles court to grant extra time, in part to gather more information about Stairway's earnings. By one estimate, the 1971 song has made more than half a billion dollars.

    Surviving Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Robert Plant objected to a proposed postponement to July, which would have conflicted with Plant's European summer tour.

    The case stems from what, to some ears, is a similarity between Stairway and Taurus, an instrumental piece released on Spirit’s debut album in 1968. The musicians deny the infringement allegations and say Plant and Page alone wrote the song. Spirit guitarist Randy California, who composed Taurus, died in 1997. The trustee who handles his royalties sued in May 2014, claiming "falsification of rock 'n' roll history."

    The dispute may soon come to a head. The court has scheduled a settlement conference next month for the opposing parties to try to resolve the dispute. But Led Zeppelin also says they plan to file a motion for summary judgment to end the case.

    In his latest action, U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner turned down the proposed extension with a red "DENIED" stamp across the top -- calling to mind this backhanded homage to Stairway to Heaven from the film Wayne's World.

    SOURCE: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-08/stairway-to-heaven-author-fight-set-for-may
     
  2. Quality Control

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    Lbr, probably.
     
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    fixer I'm Retarded you Jerk. On the Power.

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    They ripped off almost all of their songs. Still a great band. Watching the powerball and I lost again. Fuck
     
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    This issue has been "around" for a while. IIRC, didn't that band open for Zeppelin at one point? :bigthink

    If it's true, LZ should just pay up already. Tom Petty was the epitome of class when he called out Sam Smith for ripping off one of his songs--said this shit happens; there are only so many ways to put notes together (or something along those lines). But I think Smith had to pay up as well.
     
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    So someone can be sued in 2016 for something that happened in 1971, and the plaintiff needs more time? I think Zeppelin definitely ripped off this and others. But 2016 is a bit late to gripe about it. Especially when the guy who actually had a legitimate claim never sued.
     
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    Guilty! :grad:
     
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    thats what spirit sounds like?

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    I guess so man. I was shocked at this story.
     
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    Turkeyneck Howard's got one, not me

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    no doubt Page borrowed some of the melody and added to it...pay a few million and be done with it.
     
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    That's the thing that always bothered me about theses Zepplin lawsuits. Why do these people wait so long? The Dazed and Confused one took forever and is one of the biggest/blatant thefts of all time.
     
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    Does anyone remember laughter?
     
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    Spirit sucks
     
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    Turkeyneck Howard's got one, not me

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    The rain song is so much better than Stairway...as is a lot of their stuff

     
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    How could we? This is the SIRIUS-era Howard Stern forum.
     
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    Led Zeppelin is the greatest cover band in the world.
     
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    I went to a midnight screening of 'The Song Remains The Same' at least 10 times back in the 70's. Never saw the movie.
    I was so wasted I would usually pass out sitting there before the movie started. I didn't see it until years later when I was sober.
    Back then the air in the theatre was a zero visibility contact high fog of mind melt.

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    Bullshit lawsuit by the way. Spirit should give Zeppelin credit for making a monster hit song with 6 of their notes.
     
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    Fuck spirit. Led Zeppelin will always be Gods :grad:


    Love this one, age is a bitch. Page looks like the crypt keeper.
     
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    Half a billion dollars. Amazing!
     
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    We used to play the shit out this song at the local game room pool hall where all stoners hung out.

     
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    28 minutes of heaven