The band are accused of copying a song by Spirit on the classic track
Led Zeppelin‘s ‘Stairway To Heaven’ plagiarism trial has gone to the jury.
The band are accused of copying part of a 1968 song called ‘Taurus’ by the band Spirit on the classic track. 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.
The trial has been ongoing for five days and now eight jurors will decide if Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are guilty of copyright infringement.
Francis Malofiy, the attorney for Skidmore, called Page and Plant “session musicians” during his closing arguments and told the jury Wolfe should be given credit for ‘Stairway To Heaven’ because of the alleged infringement.
“We’re asking for one-third credit,” Billboard quotes Malofiy as saying, explaining he doesn’t want to exclude Page and Plant from the song entirely. “It doesn’t minimize their amazing contribution to the song.”
Malofiy also said Page and Plant had been “selectively mis-remembering things that happened many years ago” and implied there must be a reason why they were doing that. Among those things were whether they were fans of Spirit, if they saw them perform and the order in which ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was written.