Led Zeppelin Sued For Allegedly Plagiarising ‘Stairway To Heaven’
Led Zeppelin have reportedly received a lawsuit over their classic track ‘Stairway To Heaven’ which is alleged to have been ripped off from a band called Spirit whom they worked with in the past.
The iconic rock band released ‘Stairway To Heaven’ in 1970 but a lawyer claims that Led Zeppelin actually copied the song from Spirit, whom they toured with in 1969 and released a similar song titled ‘Taurus’ in 1968.
Attorney Francis Alexander Malofiy, who represents late Spirit guitarist Randy California, told Bloomberg Businessweek: “It’s been a long time coming. The idea behind this is to make sure that Randy California is given a writing credit on ‘Stairway to Heaven.’”
Spirit star Mark Andes also chimed in on the argument, claiming that Led Zeppelin must have heard ‘Taurus’ when the two bands toured together in the late 1960s while touring together.
“…it would typically come after a big forceful number and always got a good response. They would have seen it in that context,” Andes said of the song.
“The clarity seems to be a present-day clarity, not at the time of infringement. I can’t explain it. It is fairly blatant, and note for note. It would just be nice if the Led Zeppelin guys gave Randy a little nod. That would be lovely.”
According to the publication, California’s family have waited so long to take legal action as they couldn’t have previously afforded it.
Businessweek estimates that ‘Stairway To Heaven’ had earned a whopping $562 million by 2008.