Belfast Telegraph

Led Zeppelin 'copyright battle'

Led Zeppelin could be facing a legal battle over their 1971 song Stairway To Heaven because of claims that part of it was ripped off from another band called Spirit.

Lawyer Francis Alexander Molofiy told Bloomberg Businessweek he was seeking to block the forthcoming re-release of Led Zeppelin IV with a claim of copyright infringement.

His client is the late Randy California, the guitarist with Spirit who toured with the rockers in the late 1960s, and Molofiy says Randy should be given a writing credit on Stairway To Heaven as he claims parts of it are strikingly similar to Spirit's 1968 song Taurus.

He said: "The idea behind this is to make sure that Randy California is given a writing credit on Stairway To Heaven. It's been a long time coming."

The lawyer added of Taurus being played on tour: "It would typically come after a big forceful number and always got a good response. [Led Zeppelin] would have seen it in that context."

He continued: "The clarity seems to be a present-day clarity, not at the time of infringement. I can't explain it. It is fairly blatant, and note for note. It would just be nice if the Led Zeppelin guys gave Randy a little nod. That would be lovely."

Randy's family explained that they had waited so long to take legal action because they couldn't afford it in the past.


From Belfast Telegraph