LED ZEPPELIN: “Stairway” Lawsuit Moving Forward
The trust for late Spirit guitarist Randy California has gone ahead with its threat of a copyright infringement lawsuit against Led Zeppelin. The 40-page complaint was filed in federal court in Pennsylvania on May 31st and claims that part of “Stairway to Heaven” was lifted from “Taurus,” an instrumental that Spirit recorded in 1968.
The lawsuit is asking that Jimmy Page preserve all the recordings that led up to the release of “Stairway” in 1971. This includes both studio takes of the song and the earliest bits of the composition, which Page first recorded in 1970. Led Zeppelin has not commented on this suit, and the only thing Page had to say about it last month when the story was first reported was that it was “ridiculous.”
The suit demands compensatory damages, profits and punitive damages, as well as a writing credit for California on “Stairway to Heaven.” It reads, “The public interest would be served by such an acknowledgement as it would be made aware that Randy was key writer and creator of the greatest rock song ever written.”