Led Zeppelin ask judge to stop ‘Stairway To Heaven’ plagiarism trial

The band and their label claim the complainant has yet to establish burden of proof after three days of testimony

Led Zeppelin are asking the judge in their ‘Stairway To Heaven’ plagiarism trial to halt proceedings.

The band have been accused of copying a 1968 song called ‘Taurus’ by the band Spirit. The case was brought to court by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the late Randy California (real name Randy Wolfe), who played guitar in Spirit.

Skidmore claims that Wolfe should be given a writing credit on ‘Stairway To Heaven’ due to the similarities between the two. The two bands toured together in 1968 and 1969.

Attorneys representing Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Warner Music are arguing that Skidmore’s lawyer Francis Malofiy has failed to establish burden of proof during three days of testimony.

“Although the parties’ pre-trial filings identified what plaintiff Michael Skidmore needed to prove to establish his claims, Skidmore failed to prove required elements of his claims for direct, contributory and vicarious copyright infringement,”

Rolling Stone reports the band’s attorney, Peter J. Anderson, said in a statement.

During court proceedings, Malolfiy played ‘Taurus’ alongside ‘Stairway To Heaven’ and tried to ascertain that Page had heard Spirit’s track before writing the Led Zeppelin classic. Page denied this, claiming he only heard ‘Taurus’ a few years ago.

Led Zeppelin’s lawyers are now asking judge U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner to make a judgement on the case ahead of it resuming tomorrow (June 21).