Led Zeppelin’s request to have ‘Stairway To Heaven’ plagiarism case was rejected by a U.S. District Court Judge in Pennsylvania. The case was brought against the band by lawyer Francis Malofiy stating that his client – the late Randy California, who played guitar in Spirit – should be given a writing credit on the track ‘Stairway To Heaven’ as it resembles Spirit’s 1968 song ‘Taurus’. The two bands toured together in 1968 and 1969.
Billboard reports that the lawyer working for Led Zeppelin challenged the suit yesterday (October 20), saying Pennsylvania courts had no jurisdiction in the matter.
“What happened to Randy California and Spirit is wrong. Led Zeppelin needs to do the right thing and give credit where credit is due. Randy California deserves a writing credit for ‘Stairway To Heaven’ and to take his place as an author of rock’s greatest song,” said the plaintiffs in their complaint.
But I just like listening to Dolly Parton cover Stairway to Heaven. ENJOY!