Led Zeppelin face legal claim over Stairway TO Heaven
It’s one of the most famous songs of all time, a song that epitomised the seventies and still reaks of patouli oil every time you hear it.
Led Sep’s Stairway To Heaven is now, though, the subject of a copyright infringement action on behalf of late guitarist Randy California, who played on the same bill as Led Zeppelin in the 1960s. The allegations are centred around the famous Stairway to Heaven opening guitar riff apparently being loosely resembles guitar work on an instrumental called Taurus which was written by Randy California’s Los Angeles-based psychedelic band, Spirit, in 1968.
Copyright and music is a tricky business and there have been many famous cases like with George Harrison and My Sweet Lord- in recent years there have been a lot less and these kind of things are very hard to prove in court- it will be interesting to see how this case turns out.