LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal appeals court has restored a jury verdict that found Led Zeppelin did not steal "Stairway to Heaven."
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed the major win Monday to the classic rockers and dealt a blow to the estate of Randy Wolfe of the band Spirit. The estate claimed that the 1971's "Stairway to Heaven" was lifted from Spirit's 1968 song "Taurus."
A previous decision had granted Wolfe's estate a new trial, saying that jurors should have heard the recordings of the two songs, and that a judge gave them incorrect instructions. Monday's decision rejected both arguments.