Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven plagiarism battle heads back to court

(Image credit: Photo by Robert Knight Archive/Redferns)

After a years-long legal battle regarding whether Led Zeppelin plagiarized the 1968 Spirit instrumental Taurus for their own Stairway to Heaven – centered specifically around the descending Am chord sequence at the beginning of the latter tune – the case continues to wind on down the road.

On September 23, a group of 11 judges convened at the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to determine whether a new trial would be required.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.