He Supreme court The United States has announced that it does not admit the appeal that the plaintiffs had presented after a lower court did not agree with them in their accusation of plagiarism of the song ‘Stairway to Heaven’, by the British group Led Zeppelin.
The decision of the highest court of the United States thus ends a judicial journey that has lasted for six years and reaffirms the ruling issued in March by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which determined that the rock band did not plagiarize their mythical 1971 composition.
For years, Led Zeppelin has been accused that the famous guitar intro to ‘Stairway to Heaven’ was copied directly from the instrumental song ‘Taurus’, Created by the band Spirit in 1968.
Throughout all these years of legal disputes, Led Zeppelin’s lawyers have always argued that the plaintiffs failed to show evidence of the alleged illicit copy of the topic and they argued, among other aspects, that they have failed to prove that Led Zeppelin listened to ‘Taurus’ before writing his mythical song.
The truth is Spirit and Led Zeppelin played together On several occasions in the late 1960s and according to Spirit’s legal representatives, Led Zeppelin’s guitarist Jimmy Page asked to be taught the initial chords for ‘Taurus’.
A dispute that started in 2014
The case first came to the United States Justice in 2014, with a complaint filed by Spirit’s lawyers before a Los Angeles court, and the first resolution was given two years later, in 2016, when a jury decided unanimously in favor of the English group.
The members of the jury interpreted that the similarity between both songs was limited “on a descending chromatic scale of tones” very popular in the world of music, so it could not be subject to copyright protection.
The applicants then resorted to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, who by nine votes in favor and two against also determined that it was not plagiarism.