Appeals Court To Review Decision In ‘Stairway To Heaven’ Copyright Lawsuit

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals has granted Led Zeppelin‘s request for a larger group of judges to rehear a plagiarism lawsuit against the English rock band.

In a case filed in 2016, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page were accused of copying the opening guitar riff from the Spirit track “Taurus” for their 1971 song “Stairway to Heaven.”

“Taurus” was a song written in 1967 by guitarist Randy Wolfe.

A Los Angeles jury ruled that “Stairway to Heaven” was not guilty of copyright infringement.

But two years later, a Ninth Circuit three-judge panel ordered a second trial of the case, ruling that the original trial court provided “erroneous jury instructions.”

Lawyers representing Led Zeppelin subsequently lodged an appeal asking for a larger group of judges to rehear the case.

That request has now been granted, and an eleven-judge panel will hear the copyright case in San Francisco in September.

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