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    Stairway to the Supreme Court

    RESPECT THE CLASSICS AUG. 15, 2020
    Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Trial Could Climb to the Supreme Court
    By Devon Ivie@devonsaysrelax

    There’s a feeling you get, when you look at two repeated court losses, and your spirit is crying for … trying a third time. The U.S. Supreme Court has been petitioned to review the never-ending Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” copyright-infringement saga, in what would become the most significant music trial to ever reach the nine justices. The case, which has been in and out of courts since 2016, claims that the band infringed upon the instrumental song “Taurus” by the American rock band Spirit and repurposed it as the intro to “Stairway to Heaven.” Per THR, the petition comes from Michael Skidmore, who had been representing the late Spirit front man Randy Wolfe in previous court cases. “It is fitting, perhaps,” the petition states, “that the future of music copyright law be decided by a case about rock n’ roll’s most iconic song.”


    In the new petition, Skidmore claims that he lost the previous trial because the jury “didn’t get to appreciate the true ‘Taurus’” and “wasn’t properly instructed about originality,” as the original “Taurus” recording was not played. In 2016, Led Zeppelin won the trial following a few days of entertaining testimony (Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were both called as witnesses), and earlier this year, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the verdict and denied a retrial. The timeframe for Skidmore to petition the Supreme Court remains unclear, so we’ll entertain ourselves in the meantime by imagining that Clarence Thomas asks a question about how, exactly, the piper will lead us all to reason.

    https://www.vulture.com/2020/08/led-...eme-court.html

    Background: https://www.rollingstone.com/pro/new...etrial-879298/
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    Rick Beato from 2018:

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    As with most things, I'm with Rick Beato.

    This should never have gone as far as the Supreme Court and how would those people have the knowledge of music to decide this anyway?
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    Ironic that he invokes George Harrison's "Something", considering George went through a similar court battle over "My Sweet Lord". Though at least in that case there was an actual similarity to "He's So Fine".

    Zeppelin certainly ripped off some blues songs in their early days, but I never thought the "Taurus" case had any merit at all.
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    I agree that there is no merit to the lawsuit. The only reason is the lawyer sees there is so much money to gain and nothing to lose. The suit's tenuous claim is based on Zeppelin and Spirit played together. If Led Zeppelin looses, then the music industry, and all music everywhere, is over because everyone will be suing everyone in perpetual copyright litigation over the most flimsiest of justification.
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    Seems like it's just a greedy lawyer cunt carrying on a lawsuit long after his client is dead, and his client was never really a part of it actually...

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    In addition to the money, the lawyer (and/or legal team) probably has a stiffy over the potential of setting a Supreme Court level precedent. That's a huge bullet point on a legal resume.

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