Costello Law Corporation
We Can Help You, Call Us Today
916-520-3360
This Attorney is Lead Counsel Rated. Click here for more Information.

In court, Led Zeppelin's Page denies stealing 'Stairway' riff

About a month ago, we discussed the copyright infringement lawsuit against Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of legendary rock band Led Zeppelin. In an update, the trial is now underway, with Page, Led Zeppelin’s lead guitarist until the band broke up in 1981, testifying that he was unaware of the song from which he is accused of stealing the opening riff of “Stairway to Heaven” when he and Plant wrote their song.

To briefly remind our readers, the estate of a member of rock band Spirit is suing Page and Plant, claiming that the beginning of mega-hit “Stairway to Heaven” is a copy of “Taurus,” a song the late guitarist wrote in 1968. Led Zeppelin released “Stairway” in 1971. The estate is seeking monetary damages.

Testifying in a California courtroom on June 15, Page denied copying from “Taurus.” He said he did not hear the song until a few years ago, and that when he did hear it, he did not recognize it. “It was totally alien to me,” Page said, according to NME.

However, Page acknowledged that he was acquainted with Spirit, owing a few of their albums, and that he played a riff from another Spirit song during a medley that Led Zeppelin performed during one of its tours.

The bands had significant contacts in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, as a former Spirit member testified. He said that Spirit opened for Led Zeppelin on at least one occasion, and that the band played “Taurus” at that concert. The ex-Spirit musician also recalled that Plant visited the band after a show in 1970.

Trial is ongoing, with Plant and ex-Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, who is not a defendant, both expected to testify.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact Us Today

To protect your valuable idea, contact our lawyers at Costello Law Corporation to set up an initial consultation. We are ready to assist you in any intellectual property issue.

Get Started

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Map & Directions

Costello Law Corporation

Costello Law Corporation
2267 Lava Ridge Court
Suite 210
Roseville, CA 95661

Phone: 916-520-3360
Fax: 916-441-4254
Map & Directions

Email Us linkedin