The estate of the deceased Randy Craig Wolfe of the band Spirit filed a lawsuit against Led Zeppelin. The estate claimed that the famous band copied the note patterns in the opening of “Stairway to Heaven” from Spirit’s song “Taurus.”
Wolfe’s estate was requesting partial songwriting credit as well as monetary compensation.
Ultimately, the plaintiffs weren’t able to prove that Robert Plant and Jimmy Page were aware of the song “Taurus” or that the two songs were substantially similar. Francis Malofiy, the attorney for the estate, argued that Page and Plant had previously seen Spirit in concert and even owned a recording of “Taurus.”
On the other hand, Peter Anderson, attorney for the Led Zeppelin members, said the copyright claim was unmerited because the opening of “Stairway to Heaven” was simply a descending chord that is in the public domain.
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