Led Zeppelin win 'Stairway to Heaven' copyright trial

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page have issued a joint statement after a jury ruled that Led Zeppelin did not plagiarise their 1971 hit “Stairway to Heaven”. 


Plant and Page were accused of stealing the song’s iconic riff from Spirit’s 1968 instrumental track “Taurus”. US District Judge Gary Klausner ruled in April that “Stairway to Heaven” bore “substantial” similarities with “Taurus” after Michael Skidmore, a trustee for late Spirit composer Randy Wolfe, filed a lawsuit alleging that Page had been inspired to write the song after touring with Spirit in the late Sixties. 

The jury found that the two songs were not “substantially similar” in their fundamental elements, with the ruling welcomed by musicians as a victory for creative freedom.