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Court docket agrees to hearken to Led Zeppelin in ‘Stairway’ attraction

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Evan Agostini / AP

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On this Oct. 9, 2012 file picture, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Web page, left, and singer Robert Plant seem at a information convention forward of the worldwide theatrical launch of “Celebration Day,” a live performance movie of their 2007 London O2 enviornment reunion present, in New York. A panel of 11 judges from the ninth U.S. Circuit Court docket of Appeals agreed Monday, June 10, 2019, to listen to Led Zeppelin’s attraction in a copyright lawsuit alleging the group stole its 1971 rock epic from an obscure 1960s instrumental.

SAN FRANCISCO — “Stairway to Heaven” will get one other listening to, this time to a packed home.

A panel of 11 judges from the ninth U.S. Circuit Court docket of Appeals agreed Monday to listen to Led Zeppelin’s attraction in a copyright lawsuit alleging the group stole its 1971 rock epic from an obscure 1960s instrumental.

In a 2016 trial that included testimony from Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Web page and singer Robert Plant, a jury discovered that “Stairway to Heaven” didn’t considerably resemble the tune “Taurus,” written by the late Randy Wolfe and carried out by his band Spirit.

Web page mentioned he wrote the music for the tune and Plant the lyrics, and that each had been unique.

However in September, a three-judge panel from the ninth Circuit dominated that the decide on the trial had did not advise the jury correctly, and ordered a brand new trial. The judges unanimously discovered that the trial decide was improper to inform jurors that particular person components of a tune corresponding to its notes or scale could not qualify for copyright safety, as a result of a mix of these components could qualify if they’re sufficiently unique.

Led Zeppelin’s attorneys moved to the subsequent degree of attraction, asking for the bigger group of judges to rehear the case, and the request was granted. The 11-judge panel will hear the case in late September in San Francisco.


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