- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 23, 2016

Led Zeppelin was cleared of copyright infringement claims Thursday by a jury in Los Angeles over accusations concerning the rock band’s 1971 hit “Stairway to Heaven.”

A federal jury reached the verdict around 10:30 a.m. local time, The Associated Press reported.

“We are grateful for the jury’s conscientious service and pleased that it has ruled in our favor, putting to rest questions about the origins of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and confirming what we have known for 45 years. We appreciate our fans’ support, and look forward to putting this legal matter behind us,” Led Zeppelin guitar Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant said in a statement after the verdict was announced. 

Both Mr. Page and Mr. Plant took the stand during the trial in an effort to defend their classic rock anthem against plagiarism claims concerning a 1968 instrumental, “Taurus” by Spirit.

Acting on behalf of the estate of late Spirit songwriter Randy Wolfe, attorney Francis Malofiy accused Led Zeppelin’s members of stealing a segment from “Taurus” and incorporating it into “Stairway” several years later. Mr. Page and Mr. Plant denied the allegations.



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