LED ZEPPELIN: Stairway to L.A.?
Lawyers in the band’s current copyright infringement case are fighting over where the trial should be heard.
Is the Stairway to Heaven located in Pennsylvania?
The Pennsylvania-based lawyers for the trust of Spirit guitarist Randy California in the copyright-infringement lawsuit over Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway to Heaven” are trying to keep the case in Pennsylvania. Zeppelin’s lawyers are trying to have the trial moved to Los Angeles, which is home to the parent company of the band’s label, Warner Music Group.
Randy’s lawyers claim that Jimmy Page used a melody from the 1968 Spirit song “Taurus” in “Stairway to Heaven,” and that because Page played 23 concerts in Pennsylvania between 1966 and 1998, the case should be heard there. Zeppelin’s lawyers claim that the band has no connection to Pennsylvania.
U.S. District Judge Juan Sanchez has yet to rule on the matter.