Led Zeppelin Facing Legal Battle Over Stairway To Heaven

05/20/2014
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(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are being accused plagiarizing the introduction of their iconic 1971 anthem, "Stairway To Heaven", in a lawsuit that the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California and members of the band are reportedly planning to file.

Spirit founding bassist Mark Andes and the trust that handles California's royalties are working with Philadelphia lawyer Francis Alexander Malofiy, who says he is going to file a copyright infringement lawsuit and seek an injunction to block the rerelease of "Led Zeppelin IV" (as part of that band's expanded reissue series, which starts next month), according to Business Week.

They report that California's estate - and the group's members - believe the acoustic introduction to "Stairway" was lifted from their 1968 instrumental, "Taurus."

The two bands crossed paths during Zeppelin's first US tour, which saw the future rock legends open for Vanilla Fudge and Spirit, and that's where the Los Angeles band claims Jimmy Page was exposed to "Taurus." More including clips of both songs.

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