Friday, 7 November 2014

Zeppelin Plagarism Trial

Not sure if they were inspired by my post here but finally Spirit have decided to sue Led Zeppelin for ripping off their 1968 song 'Taurus' to create 'Stairway to Heaven'.
If the judge in the case has a pair of working ears then the result should be a resounding Guilty and the award of monetary damages and a writing credit for the late songwriter Randy Craig Wolfe who's family claim that Jimmy Page plagiarised the chords after the two bands toured together and become familiar with each others music.
The Zeppelin's tried to have the case dismissed as the defendants are British citizens residing in England and therefore could not be tried by an American court but the judge dismissed the appeal and ordered the trial to continue.
As it comes hot on the heels of the BBC programme where Jimmy Page broke down exactly how he created the tune and came up with the haunting riffs for the Zeppelin song and not once mentioned scribbling it down when Taurus played it, this should be interesting.
The Eagles should be worried if Jethro Tull are paying attention.

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