“Stairway to Heaven” verdict appealed

By Victoria Basham

28 July 2016 at 10:01 BST

According to court paper, the plaintiff who failed to convince a Los Angeles jury that Led Zeppelin plagiarised elements of the band's 1971 rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven" plans to appeal the verdict.

David Humphrey

Jurors found that Led Zeppelin's lead singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page did not steal the opening to "Stairway" from “Taurus”, a song composed in 1967 by Randy Wolfe, guitarist in a band named Spirit with which Led Zeppelin toured in the late sixties.


Michael Skidmore, the trustee for the songs of Wolfe, had argued that Wolfe, who performed as Randy California, deserved a writing credit and that the trust set up in his name deserved millions of dollars in damages. He filed a notice of appeal last Saturday with the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

Court records show that oral arguments on Skidmore's appeal are unlikely to take place before 2017.

Source: Reuters


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