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Led Zeppelin keeps credit for iconic hit

Friday, June 24, 2016 - 01:18

A jury in Los Angeles clears Led Zeppelin of copying the song, 'Taurus' in its megahit, 'Stairway to Heaven.' Diane Hodges reports.

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Stairway to Heaven is one of the most famous rock songs in history, and now musicians Robert Plant and Jimmy Page can keep their place in the rock history books. A Los Angeles jury says the two did not steal the song's iconic riffs from the song, Taurus, by the rock group, Spirit. The lawsuit was filed by the estate of Spirit musician, Randy Wolfe. But the jury didn't actually get to hear this recording. Estate trustee Michael Skidmore says that's why they ruled the way they did. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PLAINTIFF MICHAEL SKIDMORE, A TRUSTEE FOR THE ESTATE OF THE LATE SPIRIT GUITARIST AND SONGWRITER RANDY WOLFE, SAYING: "If the jury had heard the actual sound recording of 'Taurus', there's no doubt in my mind that we would have won." Stairway to Heaven has earned millions of dollars over the years, but the lawsuit was not about money, according to Randy Wolfe's sister, Janet. (SOUNDBITE) JANET WOLFE, SISTER OF MUSICIAN RANDY WOLFE SAYING: "All we and our brother Randy ever wanted was acknowledgment that he was the true author to the intro to Stairway to Heaven." The case is the latest in a series of copyright claims filed against musicians. The jury's decision in favor of Led Zeppelin could make some think twice before filing future claims.

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Led Zeppelin keeps credit for iconic hit

Friday, June 24, 2016 - 01:18