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Zeppelin wins latest battle of the bands in 'Stairway' fight

Led Zeppelin-Copyright Suit
Posted at 11:40 AM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 14:41:10-04

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.