“Stairway To Heaven” Copyright Lawsuit To Be Reheard
Jun 11, 2019 @ 9:09am
In 2016, a judge ruled in favor of Led Zeppelin in a lawsuit from Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the estate of former Spirit guitarist Randy California. Skidmore claimed in his suit the intro of Zeppelin’s 1971 classic “Stairway to Heaven” was improperly inspired by Spirit’s 1968 instrumental “Taurus.” Last year, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the previous judge had “provided erroneous jury instructions” and that it would be headed back to court. Now, Led Zeppelin will get another stab at that ruling, as Law360 reporter Bill Donahue notes and Pitchfork confirms via court documents.
It was decided Monday (June 10) that all members of the appellate court will re-hear the case, as The Hollywood Reporter notes. This means that it’s possible that the 2016 ruling in Zeppelin’s favor will remain intact, depending on the results of en banc hearings set to take place the week of September 23, 2019. The rehearing was requested by both parties, according to The Hollywood Reporter.