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PostSubject: Led Zeppelin being sued for Stairway to Heaven   Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:33 am

http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/led-zeppelin-to-face-jury-trial-over-stairway-to-heavens-substantial-similarity-to-spirits-taurus-636913

Thought this was interesting... especially considering it was recorded 45 years ago.
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PostSubject: Re: Led Zeppelin being sued for Stairway to Heaven   Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:39 am

Biggest crock of horse hockey I've heard in some time.  Listen to what Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull said about the Eagles' Hotel California in relation to a similar scenario, especially at 1:40.



I thought it was very cool and classy.
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PostSubject: Re: Led Zeppelin being sued for Stairway to Heaven   Thu Apr 14, 2016 12:12 pm

Ummm... you're telling me these guys just now woke up from being couch-locked on Ganja to figure this out ?
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PostSubject: Re: Led Zeppelin being sued for Stairway to Heaven   Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:03 pm

Sounds like someone looking for a payday to me. But I have to confess to having never heard the Spirit song until just now. I do know that chord progressions and scales fit into predictable patterns so it is not at all uncommon to write a "new" song and have it sound substantially like an older one.
While I do hear some similarities in both songs I really don't think they are so similar as to scream copyright infringement.

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PostSubject: Re: Led Zeppelin being sued for Stairway to Heaven   Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:15 pm

I listened to both. They both have a descending chromatic progression which really can only be resolved one way but honestly beyond that... I don't hear it.
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PostSubject: Re: Led Zeppelin being sued for Stairway to Heaven   Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:16 pm

Those 2 songs have been compared for years !  They've been the subjects of website threads as well as books that talk about song "borrowing".... so, WHY NOW ??
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PostSubject: Re: Led Zeppelin being sued for Stairway to Heaven   Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:01 pm

Somebody is probably hoping they'll settle out of court so they can get some easy money.
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PostSubject: Re: Led Zeppelin being sued for Stairway to Heaven   Fri Apr 15, 2016 6:18 am

This is what is classically known as a cash grab.

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PostSubject: Re: Led Zeppelin being sued for Stairway to Heaven   Fri Apr 15, 2016 11:55 am

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Somebody is probably hoping they'll settle out of court so they can get some easy money.

That's exactly what I was thinking.

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PostSubject: Re: Led Zeppelin being sued for Stairway to Heaven   Sat Apr 16, 2016 11:53 pm

Yes, courts have already ruled that there are only so many notes and so many ways to combine them, so chord progressions are not copyrightable.  This is even more absurd than the "Blurred Lines" suit.
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PostSubject: Re: Led Zeppelin being sued for Stairway to Heaven   Sun Apr 17, 2016 1:36 pm

I heard that the reason that they are bringing it up now, is because of the rerelease. It refreshed the copyrights.

I can see where Zep could have been influenced by them, and there is some connections. It starts off similar but goes in different directions.
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PostSubject: Re: Led Zeppelin being sued for Stairway to Heaven   Sat Apr 23, 2016 8:35 am

A pity this doesn't take place in the UK. That would mean that if Led Zeppelin would win, that they can get a refund for all their legal spendings from the opposition.
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PostSubject: Re: Led Zeppelin being sued for Stairway to Heaven   Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:49 pm

If they win here in the USA, they can sue for damages.  Most likely if they won that they would receive all of the money they've lost defending themselves.

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PostSubject: Re: Led Zeppelin being sued for Stairway to Heaven   Sun Apr 24, 2016 7:23 am

alldatndensum wrote:
If they win here in the USA, they can sue for damages.  Most likely if they won that they would receive all of the money they've lost defending themselves.
Fingers crossed for that to happen if it's just about the easy money.
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