Jury Rules in Favor of Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin is off the hook in a lawsuit dealing with the band’s hit “Stairway to Heaven.” They were accused of ripping off a song from the band Spirit for “Stairway’s” iconic opening. After a trial, a jury in Los Angeles ruled yesterday that the riffs in the two songs weren’t similar enough to amount to copyright infringement. The lawsuit was brought by a trustee for the estate of Randy Wolfe, who was Spirit’s guitarist and who drowned in 1997. The trustee’s attorney said Wolfe was due a writing credit and millions of dollars in damages. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page testified in the Los Angeles trial and said he hadn’t heard of the band Spirit until recently. Led Zepp bassist John Paul Jones also testified. He told the court he had never heard Page ever mentioning Spirit.