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Stairway to Heaven

Thursday, Jun. 23, 2016

Music spoke louder than words of witnesses for a jury Thursday that decided Led Zeppelin did not lift a riff from an obscure 1960s instrumental for the intro to its classic 1971 rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven."

The panel had heard the faded memories of rock royalty and band members who...

Thursday, Jun. 23, 2016

A federal copyright infringement lawsuit accuses Led Zeppelin of stealing the intro of its hit, "Stairway to Heaven," from the founder of the band Spirit. A Los Angeles jury heard closing statements in the case Wednesday.

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Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2016

A key chapter of rock 'n' roll history could be rewritten by a jury that began deliberating Wednesday over whether Led Zeppelin ripped off a riff for its epic "Stairway to Heaven."

A lawyer representing the trust of a deceased songwriter criticized members of Led Zeppelin for "selective"...

Tuesday, Jun. 21, 2016

Rock 'n' roll history played out Tuesday in a Los Angeles courtroom as vintage recordings of Led Zeppelin working on the song that became the epic "Stairway to Heaven" were played and the songwriters discussed its craft.

Jimmy Page testified about his ambitions to write a song that would...

Saturday, Jun. 18, 2016

The surviving members of Led Zeppelin were reunited Friday in a Los Angeles courtroom as bassist John Paul Jones testified in defense of his bandmates in a high-stakes copyright lawsuit that claims the band ripped off a riff used in "Stairway to Heaven."

Jones said he never heard the band...

Friday, Jun. 17, 2016

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page demonstrated a deft touch at deflecting questions aimed at showing he might have lifted a passage for the introduction to the 1971 hit "Stairway to Heaven."

Testifying in his defense Thursday in a copyright infringement case, Page showed little interest...

Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2016

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page testified Wednesday that until a few years ago, he'd never heard a song the megastar band is accused of ripping off for the introduction to "Stairway to Heaven."

Page claimed he didn't even know he owned the album by the band Spirit that contained the...

Tuesday, Jun. 14, 2016

The opening to Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," one of rock 'n' roll's best-known ballads, was played for jurors Tuesday in a case brought by the estate of a dead musician that claims it was stolen by the men credited with creating it.

A lawyer for the estate trustee of the late Randy...

Monday, Apr. 11, 2016

A trial is needed to determine if Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" copies its opening notes from a song performed by the rock band Spirit, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S District Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled Friday that lawyers for the trustee of late Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe had...