Led Zeppelin’s lead singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page will appear in a Los Angeles court on 10th May 2016, accused of copyright infringement.
A judge in the case said there are “substantial” similarities between their track Stairway To Heaven and Taurus, a song written by the band Spirit in 1967.
The lawsuit was brought by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the late Randy Wolfe, who was Spirit’s guitarist and composer of Taurus.
Mr Skidmore says the two bands toured together in 1968 and 1969 and this may have been when Page was inspired to write Stairway To Heaven.
Plant and Page, however, say that Wolfe was a songwriter for hire and, therefore, had no claim to copyright.
They also say that the chord progressions in Stairway To Heaven were too well-known for such protection.
Led Zeppelin often drew inspiration from other groups and some of these have resulted in legal challenges.
As a result, the band has already been forced to alter the credits and pay portions of their royalties for songs such as Babe I’m Gonna Leave You and Whole Lotta Love.
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