US judge refuses Led Zeppelin request to have ‘Stairway To Heaven’ plagiarism case dismissed

Court hears how late Spirit guitarist Randy California should be given a writing credit on the song

Led Zeppelin‘s efforts to have a court case centring around claims the band plagiarised their song ‘Stairway To Heaven’ dismissed have been rejected by a judge in America.

The case was brought against the band by lawyer Francis Malofiy stating that his client – the late Randy California, who played guitar in Spirit – should be given a writing credit on the track ‘Stairway To Heaven’ as it resembles Spirit’s 1968 song ‘Taurus’. The two bands toured together in 1968 and 1969.

Billboard reports that the lawyer working for Led Zeppelin challenged the suit yesterday (October 20), saying Pennsylvania courts had no jurisdiction in the matter.

http://www.billboard.com/articles/business/6289142/led-zeppelin-loses-first-round-in-stairway-to-heaven-lawsuit

“What happened to Randy California and Spirit is wrong. Led Zeppelin needs to do the right thing and give credit where credit is due. Randy California deserves a writing credit for ‘Stairway To Heaven’ and to take his place as an author of rock’s greatest song,” said the plaintiffs in their complaint.

District Court Judge Juan Sanchez denied the motion to dismiss without prejudice, however lawyers working for Led Zeppelin can appeal again.

Jimmy Page previously labelled claims that Led Zeppelin plagiarised the song as “ridiculous”.