It looks as though Led Zeppelin may find themselves in court once again for copyright issues surrounding their 1971 epic “Stairway to Heaven.” In 2015, a trustee for late Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe filed a lawsuit claiming that Zep ripped off the famous opening riff to “Stairway” from a Spirit song called “Taurus.” But in 2016, a federal court jury found--after testimony from both Robert Plant and Jimmy Page--that the band did not copy the Spirit song.
After the jury’s verdict, Led Zeppelin and their fans put the issue in the rearview. But a three-judge panel from the 9th US Circuit Court Of Appeals ruled unanimously that the original judge had provided the jury with incorrect instructions, as Stereogum reports. The case has now been sent back to court for another trial. Whether or not Page and Plant will testify again remains a mystery.
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