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Old 05-16-2014, 05:10 PM   #1
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Did Led Zeppelin Cop “Stairway to Heaven” from Another Band?

Stairway to Heaven: The Song Remains Pretty Similar


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Old 05-16-2014, 07:02 PM   #2
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Maybe. Led Zeppelin nicked so much from old black bluesmen to escape paying song writing royalties that they drew the lasting enmity of many hard core blues fans. One of my buddies is among them.

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Old 05-17-2014, 11:09 AM   #3
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Re: Did Led Zeppelin Cop “Stairway to Heaven” from Another Band?

Led Zeppelin Sued by Spirit Bassist For ‘Stairway To Heaven’

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Re: Did Led Zeppelin Cop “Stairway to Heaven” from Another Band?

Seeing as how we're 40+ years after the song became ubiquitous, the lawsuit will be thrown out on the grounds that damages logically should have been sought when the plagiarism was first recognized. Best case scenario, they can maybe sue for a few years worth of royalties, that's what happened when Jake Holmes chose to sue 40 years after Zeppelin released Dazed and Confused. 'Course three years of royalties on Stairway to Heaven is probably an enormous amount of money anyway.

Anyhoo... Zeppelin's wide range of borrowing is common knowledge. Especially in the internet age, it's hard for me to imagine that there are many Zep fans who didn't already know Stairway borrows from Taurus.
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Seeing as how we're 40+ years after the song became ubiquitous, the lawsuit will be thrown out on the grounds that damages logically should have been sought when the plagiarism was first recognized. Best case scenario, they can maybe sue for a few years worth of royalties, that's what happened when Jake Holmes chose to sue 40 years after Zeppelin released Dazed and Confused. 'Course three years of royalties on Stairway to Heaven is probably an enormous amount of money anyway.

Anyhoo... Zeppelin's wide range of borrowing is common knowledge. Especially in the internet age, it's hard for me to imagine that there are many Zep fans who didn't already know Stairway borrows from Taurus.
I predict a possible out of court settlement.
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Seeing as how we're 40+ years after the song became ubiquitous, the lawsuit will be thrown out on the grounds that damages logically should have been sought when the plagiarism was first recognized. Best case scenario, they can maybe sue for a few years worth of royalties, that's what happened when Jake Holmes chose to sue 40 years after Zeppelin released Dazed and Confused. 'Course three years of royalties on Stairway to Heaven is probably an enormous amount of money anyway.

Anyhoo... Zeppelin's wide range of borrowing is common knowledge. Especially in the internet age, it's hard for me to imagine that there are many Zep fans who didn't already know Stairway borrows from Taurus.
I predict a possible out of court settlement.
Although it was in an Australian court, there is some precedent. A royalty percentage (albeit small) of Men At Work's "Down Under" was awarded to the company that holds the copyright to "Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree," upon which the flute riff was ruled to have been based on. "Kookaburra was written in 1938, "Down Under" was released in 1981. A along time for both.
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Re: Did Led Zeppelin Cop “Stairway to Heaven” from Another Band?

I listened to that other song and the answer is "no".
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Led Zeppelin prepare to defend Stairway To Heaven lawsuit

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Re: Did Led Zeppelin Cop “Stairway to Heaven” from Another Band?

Oh, cry me a river.
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Re: Did Led Zeppelin Cop “Stairway to Heaven” from Another Band?

Forty years ago these boys were inventing their own music, sure
with other influences, but I doubt they were inventing with the purpose of stealing a deal for themselves. That is not how
young musicians were doing it back then. Youthful twenty somethings who have something to prove don't share the
the calculating mind of 60 somethings who have decided
14 years into the millennium that they have been ripped off.
Sorry Mark (luv your band tho'), but that won't wash
and you are late to the party. Youthful naivete is sweet.
The swindle is on you bro'...
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Re: Did Led Zeppelin Cop “Stairway to Heaven” from Another Band?

Forty years ago these LZ boys were inventing their own music,
sure with other influences, but I doubt they were inventing
with the purpose of stealing a deal for themselves. That is
not how young musicians were doing it back then. Youthful
twenty somethings who have something to prove don't
share the the calculating mind of 60-somethings who
have decided 14 years into the millennium that they
have been ripped off by young bucks with evil in
their black hearts.

Sorry Mark (luv your band tho'), but that won't wash
and you are late to the party. Youthful naivete is sweet.
The swindle is on you bro', you old goat...
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Re: Did Led Zeppelin Cop “Stairway to Heaven” from Another Band?

LED ZEPPELIN Loses First Round In "Stairway To Heaven" Lawsuit

http://bravewords.com/news/led-zeppe...heaven-lawsuit
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Led Zeppelin: Stairway To Heaven lawsuit moves to US federal court

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Re: Did Led Zeppelin Cop “Stairway to Heaven” from Another Band?

Spirit should just let it go. I mean, it happened 40 years ago, so why bring it up now?

I believe its either pride (its killing Spirit that Led Zeppelin hit the jackpot with a song the former felt they wrote) or money. Its probably a little bit of both.
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Spirit should just let it go. I mean, it happened 40 years ago, so why bring it up now?

I believe its either pride (its killing Spirit that Led Zeppelin hit the jackpot with a song the former felt they wrote) or money. Its probably a little bit of both.
I'm pretty sure it's all about the money.
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I believe its either pride (its killing Spirit that Led Zeppelin hit the jackpot with a song the former felt they wrote) or money. Its probably a little bit of both.
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Spirit should just let it go.
Huh?! Why should they let it go then? There's an enormous logical leap between your two statements. It's as if you think pride and money are bad things somehow.

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LED ZEPPELIN “Deny Each And Every Allegation” In “Stairway To Heaven” Lawsuit

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Led Zeppelin: Stairway To Heaven lawsuit hearing scheduled

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