Thursday, June 23, 2016

Not Guilty

To no one's surprise:

A Los Angeles jury has decided the band Led Zeppelin did not steal the opening to its classic anthem "Stairway to Heaven." 

The federal jury reached its verdict Thursday, settling a point that music fans have debated for decades but didn't find its way to court until two years ago. 

The trust for the late songwriter Randy Wolfe claimed Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant stole a riff from Wolfe's 1968 instrumental "Taurus" recorded with the band Spirit.

They did not steal the song they wrote. That's the verdict. Several hundred million dollars in royalties are safe, for now. 

How much do you want to bet they look for a friendlier venue to retry this thing?

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