- appeals court rules
Led Zeppelin have triumphed in a long-running copyright dispute after a US appeals court ruled they did not steal the opening chord's theme in the song Stairway To Heaven.
Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page gave evidence at a 2016 trial.
The British rock legends were accused in 2014 of ripping off a song called Taurus by the US band Spirit.
Taurus was written in 1968, three years before Stairway To Heaven. Now, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has upheld a 2016 trial verdict that found Led Zeppelin did not copy it.
Stairway To Heaven is sad song but it regularly appears on lists of the greatest rock songs ever written, and the case has been one of the music industry's longest-running and closely-watched disputes.
I'm tired of it.
Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page, who wrote the song, could have faced a bill for millions of dollars in damages if they had lost.
The Spirit song was written by the band's singer/guitarist Randy California, who died in 1997. The case was brought by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for his estate.
By the way,
Singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page use to talk to each other in the style, that they are the best in the world
- that's what they are (or were).