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Led Zeppelin sued for trademark infringement over 'Stairway'

Readers may recall that, back in our Jan. 6 post, we defined a Copyright as legal protection given to the creator of an original work of Intellectual Property. Artists and writers rely on Copyright Protection to keep others from stealing or appropriating their hard work.

Then there are cases where the creator of an original work says the creator of a subsequent, much more famous and profitable work stole that second work from him or her. That is the basis of a lawsuit against the surviving members of hard rock legends Led Zeppelin, regarding what was perhaps the band’s most famous song.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.K., concerns “Stairway to Heaven,”; specifically, its opening guitar riff. The representative of the late guitarist for the band Spirit says it’s suspiciously similar to “Taurus,” an instrumental song on Spirit’s debut album. Spirit released the album in 1968, months before it went on tour with Led Zeppelin. “Stairway” was released on Led Zeppelin IV in 1971.

As part of the lawsuit, all three surviving members of Led Zeppelin were recently brought in for depositions. They all denied knowledge of what their earnings or finances were while in Led Zeppelin, and denied copying “Taurus.”

However, lead guitarist Jimmy Page testified that he has little memory of the 1960s and ‘70s, roughly the entire period when he was active with Led Zeppelin, which disbanded in 1980. An attorney for the plaintiff said that Page has said in previous interviews that he had listened to Spirit’s albums and that they “struck him on an emotional level.”

“Stairway” had earned at least $562 million in royalties and record sales by 2008, Insurance Journal reports. However, under British law would limit damages to the last three years.

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