Led Zeppelin's Page and Plant Unlikely To Appear At Stairway Trial

(TeamRock Radio) Led Zeppelin men Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are unlikely to appear in court to answer copyright charges over classic track Stairway To Heaven, because the judge may not have the authority to make them do so.

And the band have successfully argued for the repression of evidence that was to be used against them when the jury trial begins in California on May 10. The legal action centers on whether Led Zeppelin plagiarized 1967 Spirit track Taurus in the opening section of Stairway, which was released four years later and followed the bands touring the US together.

Page and Plant have both recorded depositions that will be presented to the court, assuming that no settlement is reached before the case commences next month. Bandmate John Paul Jones was excluded from the case during Klausner's pre-trial ruling.

Lawyers representing the estate of late Spirit guitarist Randy California this week submitted a list of various Taurus recordings that they believe reinforce their position.

But District Judge Gary Klausner has agreed that the only recordings to be heard are those taken directly from the copyrighted sheet music. Read more here.

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