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Led Zeppelin sued over Stairway To Heaven
Henne Music ^ | May 19, 2014

Posted on 05/19/2014 9:21:33 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement

Led Zeppelin are being accused plagiarising the introduction of their iconic 1971 anthem, “Stairway To Heaven”, in a new lawsuit brought by the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California and members of the band.

Business Week reports the estate – and group’s members – believe the acoustic introduction to “Stairway” was lifted from their 1968 instrumental, “Taurus.”

(Excerpt) Read more at hennemusic.com ...


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: music; plagiarism; rockandroll; worstrocksongever; zeppelin
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1 posted on 05/19/2014 9:21:33 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

I thought it was stolen from one of Bach’s Brandenburg concertos.


2 posted on 05/19/2014 9:22:50 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: ConservativeStatement

Isn’t this barred by time? I mean what happened, somebody just sobered up - don’t make me think how many decades later!


3 posted on 05/19/2014 9:23:52 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: nickcarraway

I thought they stole it from JR Tolkien.


4 posted on 05/19/2014 9:24:02 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: ConservativeStatement

It took them 43 years to notice?

Color me skeptical...


5 posted on 05/19/2014 9:24:43 PM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: jocon307

It could be due in part to a new release of their material. Maybe proceeds only from the upcoming releases would be included?


6 posted on 05/19/2014 9:25:34 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

Yeah, good luck with that.


7 posted on 05/19/2014 9:25:41 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: ConservativeStatement

“Dude, that was like 43 years ago.”


8 posted on 05/19/2014 9:26:24 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: ConservativeStatement
Hear for yourself.

Frankly I think it's a stretch.

9 posted on 05/19/2014 9:26:41 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Is this a joke? 43 years and they’re just getting around to this?

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10 posted on 05/19/2014 9:26:54 PM PDT by Mears
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To: ConservativeStatement
Stairway to Gilligan's Island
11 posted on 05/19/2014 9:26:59 PM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: ConservativeStatement

That’s nothing. Kansas’ “Carry On My Wayward Son” totally rips off Journey’s “I’m Gonna Leave You”.


12 posted on 05/19/2014 9:27:21 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: null and void

Can you do that with a 3D printer?


13 posted on 05/19/2014 9:27:58 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: jocon307
I mean what happened, somebody just sobered up

In all fairness, it was some really good shit!

14 posted on 05/19/2014 9:28:21 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Rockin to it right now on Pandora!


15 posted on 05/19/2014 9:28:27 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Its my freedom. YES. I will be keeping it.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
I remember seeing a song from the 40s calles Stairway to Heaven, but can't remember who preformed or wrote it.
16 posted on 05/19/2014 9:28:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: martin_fierro

it’s a TAD out of tune..... thats the FIRST thing I noticed


17 posted on 05/19/2014 9:28:44 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: martin_fierro

That sounds similar to “He’s So Fine.” /sarc.


18 posted on 05/19/2014 9:29:01 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: Fungi

Not with mine. No PrinterBoard and Quintessential Universal Building Device is utterly ignoring my pleas for a replacement. I sent the bad one back for warranty replacement on the 23rd.


19 posted on 05/19/2014 9:30:44 PM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: nickcarraway

Ethel Merman’s cover of ‘Whole Lotta Love’ really rocked.


20 posted on 05/19/2014 9:31:02 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: nickcarraway

I remember “Stairway to Paradise” from the 40s,but not the other one.

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21 posted on 05/19/2014 9:31:12 PM PDT by Mears
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To: ConservativeStatement

Awfully damned close! If they can prove that Page heard this, on record or in concert, they’ve got a case.


22 posted on 05/19/2014 9:31:47 PM PDT by cartoonistx
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To: martin_fierro

This is an exponentially further stretch than Vanilla Ice stealing Queens song.


23 posted on 05/19/2014 9:31:54 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Its my freedom. YES. I will be keeping it.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Taurus by Dennis Coffey
24 posted on 05/19/2014 9:32:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

STAIRWAY TO THE STARS (Parish-Malnek-Signorelli)?


25 posted on 05/19/2014 9:32:03 PM PDT by punchamullah
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To: cartoonistx

It says the band opened for Spirit in the 1960s and heard the song, and they played other songs they heard by Spirit.


26 posted on 05/19/2014 9:33:27 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: ConservativeStatement
That sounds similar to “He’s So Fine.”

I thought it sounded like "Run Through The Jungle".

27 posted on 05/19/2014 9:33:29 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Hillary may have brain damage, but what difference does it make?)
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To: ConservativeStatement

There’s a huge grey area of songs that vaguely suggest other songs. It’s like the software biz and patents, there would be enough potential debatable material to keep the scene totally locked up in court forever, but most participants walk away from lawsuits in practice.

I think once they get their Danegeld, they’ll go away.


28 posted on 05/19/2014 9:34:20 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
It does sound like the same run.
29 posted on 05/19/2014 9:35:09 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: jocon307

It’s been pretty well known that it was lifted for decades. Randy California would sometimes mock Page for stealing it. But depending on how you looked at it, he was either A) a Bohemian who didn’t give a crap about money; or B) an addict who couldn’t think clearly enough to figure out on how much money he was missing.

In either case, his heirs and the people handling his estate aren’t so forgiving of Page.


30 posted on 05/19/2014 9:35:32 PM PDT by GrootheWanderer
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To: ConservativeStatement

What is the world coming to?


31 posted on 05/19/2014 9:35:41 PM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: martin_fierro

Seven bars the same; I think that’s the test. They stole it.


32 posted on 05/19/2014 9:36:59 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Hillary may have brain damage, but what difference does it make?)
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To: GrootheWanderer

There’s some virtue in being a Bohemian. Less money maybe, but less stress too. Heirs can upset that applecart.


33 posted on 05/19/2014 9:37:20 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: nickcarraway

The British 1946 Powell-Pressburger film also called ‘A Matter of Life and Death’. It’s great.


34 posted on 05/19/2014 9:39:10 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Jeff Chandler

Some folks would have felt honored to have been considered worthy of “ripping” by an act that caught on like wildfire.

Some take umbrage and sue.

Usually the suing doesn’t take this long, however. Isn’t there a statute of limitations even for copyright actions?


35 posted on 05/19/2014 9:39:48 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: martin_fierro

Zeppelin and Spirit did tour together for awhile. I think it was swiped, but I don’t think Spirit had a problem with it at the time. I think Taurus is a very good song and it’s been on my playlist for a long time.


36 posted on 05/19/2014 9:42:00 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Isn’t there a statute of limitations even for copyright actions?

statute of limitations for copyright actions

37 posted on 05/19/2014 9:43:11 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Hillary may have brain damage, but what difference does it make?)
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To: null and void

They were making cars out of bamboo and telephones from coconuts. Why didn’t they just fix the boat?


38 posted on 05/19/2014 9:43:56 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I’m not a copyright lawyer, or any type of lawyer, but my understanding from reading about this is that if they prevail they can only get a share of future royalties and back royalties starting three years before they filed the suit.


39 posted on 05/19/2014 9:45:05 PM PDT by GrootheWanderer
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To: ConservativeStatement

Spirit was a favorite of mine, and I saw them in concert a couple of times.

That album was their best, their oldest member was born in 1923.

“Cassidy was instantly recognizable by his shaven head (hence his nickname “Mr. Skin”) and his fondness for wearing black. He was around twenty years older than the rest of the group (born in 1923). His earlier career was primarily in jazz and included stints with Cannonball Adderley, Gerry Mulligan, Roland Kirk, Thelonious Monk and Lee Konitz. He was a founding member of Rising Sons with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder.”


40 posted on 05/19/2014 9:45:17 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: tumblindice

That would be as bad for the show as The Fugitive actually catching the one armed man!


41 posted on 05/19/2014 9:46:07 PM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: ConservativeStatement
There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
And she's suing a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the courts are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she's suing a stairway to heaven.
42 posted on 05/19/2014 9:47:45 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (You can't be passive and moral.)
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To: jocon307

My guess is it has something to do with Ed Cassidy passing away about a year and a half ago. He was Randy California’s stepfather, and Spirit’s drummer. (He was in his mid forties when they were popular.) Randy California died in 1997.


43 posted on 05/19/2014 9:48:48 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: null and void

Last night, I saw the episode with Ruta Lee.


44 posted on 05/19/2014 9:49:04 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: null and void

I just finished a ‘Lost’ bingeathon. After six seasons I think everyone finally agreed, “OK, no more angst over this island. We’re all dead and in Purgatory. Let’s wrap things up.”
Neat video, thanks. How did GI end? We’re they rescued?


45 posted on 05/19/2014 9:50:31 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Olog-hai

I thought Kansas and Journey were the same band :-p


46 posted on 05/19/2014 9:58:10 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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for later


47 posted on 05/19/2014 10:00:13 PM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: tumblindice
How did GI end? We’re they rescued?

Darned if I know!

48 posted on 05/19/2014 10:00:23 PM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: null and void
Sorry to hear it most honorable Null and Voidness. I hope your new printer works to your expectations.
49 posted on 05/19/2014 10:00:45 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: punchamullah
Clearly it was Bill Gates who took it. He had the artist play one of the notes on A rather than C.
50 posted on 05/19/2014 10:00:49 PM PDT by Domangart (LBGT = NAMBLA)
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