Appeal filed against Led Zeppelin ‘Stairway To Heaven’ plagiarism trial verdict

Band won their copyright infringement lawsuit in June

The claimants in Led Zeppelin‘s recent ‘Stairway To Heaven’ plagiarism trial have filed an appeal against the original ruling.

It was announced last month that Led Zeppelin had won their copyright infringement lawsuit after a jury deemed that the band did not plagiarise Spirit’s song ‘Taurus’.

The band were accused of copying part of the 1968 song in a case brought to court by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the late Randy California (real name Randy Wolfe), who played guitar in US rock band Spirit, who had toured with Led Zeppelin in 1968 and 1969.

The Wrap now reports that Skidmore has filed a notice of appeal regarding the case.

The notice of appeal reads: “Please take notice that Plaintiff Michael Skidmore, Trustee for the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust, hereby appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from the final judgment entered on June 23, 2016, as well as any and all interlocutory rulings, decisions, and orders that gave rise to the judgment and are merged therein”.


Following the original verdict, Skidmore’s attorney, Francis Malofiy said that there were “many appealable issues”. Malofiy has reportedly since been suspended from practising law and accused of acting in a “flagrantly unprofessional and offensive manner” during the trial.

Meanwhile, Led Zeppelin have announced a “new” album featuring a song lost for 47 years.