The lawsuit was brought by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the late Randy Wolfe, also known as Randy California, who was Spirit's guitarist and the
composer of "Taurus."
Skidmore said Page may have been inspired to write "Stairway" for Led Zeppelin after hearing Spirit perform "Taurus" while the bands toured
together in 1968 and 1969, but that Wolfe never got credit.
The defendants said Wolfe was a songwriter-for-hire who had no copyright claim, and that the chord progressions were so clichéd that they did not
deserve copyright protection.
But the judge said a jury could find "substantial" similarity between the first two minutes of "Stairway" and "Taurus," which he called
"arguably the most recognizable and important segments" of the songs.
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Post 502310 posted on 12-4-2016 at 08:33
Just been talking about this on the Barclay James Harvest forum. Us rock fans have known this for years so why would they do this now? Mind you, I
think Jimmy page summed it up by saying "its the most cliched chord progression ever".
Do yourselves a favour. Take off Stairway to heaven and put on Child in Time by Deep Purple instead.
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