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Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven Trial Delayed

05/05/2016
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(hennemusic) The trial for the copyright infringement lawsuit over Led Zeppelin's signature song, "Stairway To Heaven", has been delayed from a May 10 start to June 14.

Los Angeles federal judge Gary Klausner ruled on the date change on Tuesday, according to MyNewsLA.com. The suit - brought by Randy California's estate and members of Spirit by trustee Michael Skidmore - claims the acoustic introduction to 1971's "Stairway" was lifted from their 1968 instrumental "Taurus."

Klausner previously ruled that the jury trial would last less than a week and attorneys would have no more than 10 hours per side to present evidence. Led Zeppelin's lawyers said in court papers that defendants Jimmy Page and Robert Plant would probably not attend the trial, with video depositions filmed in the United Kingdom to be shown to the jury instead.

The plaintiff's attorneys have suggested that they would settle if the band pays Skidmore $1 - and gives Randy California a songwriting credit on the iconic tune. Read more and listen to both tracks here.

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