Friday, June 24, 2016

The Stairway Out of Court

"... cause you know sometimes words have two meanings..."

A California jury has ruled that Led Zeppelin did not infringe upon a copyrighted song by a California rock band called "Spirit", by copying music from "Taurus" for Zepplin's more famous song, "Stairway to Heaven".

From HotAir, this:

The jury — eight California citizens — delivered its verdict that the plaintiff owned the copyright to “Taurus” and that Led Zeppelin members indeed heard it, but that there was no substantial similarity in the extrinsic elements of “Taurus” and “Stairway.” The decision came after the jury took one last listen of both songs. Within a half hour of doing so, the jury had made up its mind.

Listening just now to Taurus, I can hear similar chords played in very close proximity to one one-another, which sound like Stairway-- but like the jury, the melody of the former does not sound close to the latter, to me:  
First, "Taurus" by Spirit



Now "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin



BUT FOR TRUE COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, MAYBE ROBERT PLANT AND JIMMY PAGE SHOULD LOOK INTO SUING GILLIGAN AND THE SKIPPER:




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