7. 7. 2016

Stairway to heaven: the jury is in

The jury at the Los Angeles court has returned its verdict as to whether the song “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin was plagiarised.

The jury at the Los Angeles federal court held that the song “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin was not plagiarised.

The story reached its epilogue after eight days of trial, where the jury heard the defence by Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page. The part of the song “Stairway to Heaven”, that was said to be plagiarised, was even played live at the trial. Although it was undisputed that Robert Plant and Jimmy Page knew the song “Taurus” by Spirit, there are too many differences between the song “Taurus” and the song “Stairway to Heaven”, therefore the song “Stairway to Heaven” cannot be considered as plagiarised.

The ruling will likely contribute to a significant reduction in the number of lawsuits alleging plagiarism of songs. Additional information regarding the “Stairway to Heaven” case can be found in our May issue.

Despite the fact that summer holiday season is upon us, Courts are still in secession and July issue of Legal BUZZ opens with the Supreme Court’s ruling on protection of employees nearing retirement. The second article cautions the employers to be circumspect when signing or approving salary deduction arrangements since some of the consent forms don’t give the debtor option to revoke his/her consent. The ECJ judgement on validity of the life insurance policy, which needs to clearly provide information and deadlines on withdrawing from the life insurance policy, stirred up the insurance sector. And we wrap up with the verdict as to whether the song “Stairway to Heaven” was plagiarised.

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