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Led Zeppelin is Officially Getting Sued Over ‘Stairway to Heaven’
05-20-2014, 01:29 AM #1
Gumby AKA Chtumby
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Quote:A detailed new report from Businessweek says the now-defunct band Spirit is working with a team of lawyers to build a case against Led Zeppelin and take them to court over ‘Stairway’, saying it ripped its iconic opening riff from a song they wrote back in 1968 called “Taurus”.

Spirit toured with Led Zeppelin as the opener in 1968, when the latter band were making their American debut. They argue that this tour is when Jimmy Page heard a riff from “Taurus” and re-worked it into the opening notes for ‘Stairway’.

http://wzlx.cbslocal.com/2014/05/16/led-...to-heaven/

heres the song the are claiming has been plagiarized. I think they have a legitimate case, what say you?





This is huge. One of the most Iconic songs of Rock and Roll history was stolen. Imagine the settlement they will get if the Judge rules in their favor.


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05-20-2014, 03:30 AM #2
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If the crooked lawyers who become crooked judges get some kick back cash they'll surely rule in Spirits favor...

Years ago i read about this song perhaps sounding similar to Led Zeppelins Stairway To Heaven and all I can say is that the whole world knows Led Zeppelins awesome music and who the hell has heard of Spirit? and theres been so many songs made by so many artists some of them are bound to sound similar and there should be some sort of statue of limitations about crap like this because only after forty three years do they decide to sue like gimme a break and this song hardly sounds like the far superior Stairway To Heaven at all...

05-20-2014, 06:33 AM #3
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No doubt whatsoever that they stole the riff. The two riffs are almost identical.

But geez Louise the statute of limitations has certainly long passed, no? They surely realized the rip off the first time they heard what is arguably THE GREATEST classic rock song maybe ever. Spirit should have sued immediately.

It sounds like the Spirit members are old and poor and need a little pension money.

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05-20-2014, 07:09 AM #4
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(05-20-2014, 06:33 AM)Below Average Genius Wrote:  No doubt whatsoever that they stole the riff. The two riffs are almost identical.

But geez Louise the statute of limitations has certainly long passed, no? They surely realized the rip off the first time they heard what is arguably THE GREATEST classic rock song maybe ever. Spirit should have sued immediately.

It sounds like the Spirit members are old and poor and need a little pension money.
I seriously doubt that Jimmy Page and Robert Plant needed to steal Spirits music...

But Spirit who never even had one damn song or album break into the American top twenty would surely attempt to steal some of Led Zeppelins money...

So yeah i agree with they are old and probably poor and are looking really hard and searching very deeply for some quick cash because that was my first impression...

Spirit probably didnt try doing anything about it back in the 1970s because Led Zeppelins hulking short fused six foot five inch tall manager and protector Peter Grant would have kicked their a$$...

05-20-2014, 08:15 AM #5
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*rolls eyes*
I'm sure the waiting 45 years to do this. Almost a half a century, will have no bearing on it at all.
Maybe someone should go talk to Kid Rock about stealing all summer long, note for note for note, from a dead man first.

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05-20-2014, 08:24 AM #6
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(05-20-2014, 08:15 AM)MEDUSA Wrote:  *rolls eyes*
I'm sure the waiting 45 years to do this. Almost a half a century, will have no bearing on it at all.
Maybe someone should go talk to Kid Rock about stealing all summer long, note for note for note, from a dead man first.
If the crooked lawyers who become crooked judges get some kick back CA$H they'll surely rule in Spirits favor...
05-20-2014, 08:33 AM #7
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Meh.
05-20-2014, 08:36 AM #8
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The ghost of Mozarts great great great aunts daughters nephew is planning on suing the brother of the son of the uncle of the voice of Scooby Doo for sound theft...
05-20-2014, 08:42 AM #9
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05-20-2014, 09:10 AM #10
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It's awfully hard to put together something that hasn't been played before at one time or another.
There are only so many notes, but for them to sue or that, this long after the fact tells me this is baseless.

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05-20-2014, 09:38 AM #11
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On listening to the song from Spirit, I hear similarities, but it's not a direct ripoff by any means.

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05-20-2014, 09:55 PM #12
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Funny, i have been playing stairway to heaven the most within the past two weeks on my guitar and amp at home, wow, the invasion of privacy has no end!!
05-21-2014, 12:49 AM #13
Kreeper Griobhtha
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This isn't the only song they stole. At least it was only a short instrumental piece. Page was known for changing songs just enough to not have to share credit or royalties.





I LOVE Zeppelin and their versions of the songs, BUT give credit where credit is due. They were/are immensely talented and did not have to resort to theft.

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05-21-2014, 01:09 AM #14
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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While taking art classes, we touched briefly on artistic plagarism. If an artist alters a piece sufficiently to make it their own style, then it becomes a whole other artistic piece.

I recall when I was observing a fellow art student's work, where she asked the teacher to instruct her on a difficult shadowing technique, so instead of the teacher instructing her verbally she painted it in for her and basically walked away. I said to her that her piece was no longer hers, exclusively, but in a weird sort of way became the teacher's, and she agreed.
05-21-2014, 01:13 AM #15
Kreeper Griobhtha
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But the teacher didn't sign her own name on the piece and take all the credit...

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