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Led Zeppelin Prevails in Second ’Stairway’ Appeals Decision (1)

March 9, 2020, 4:09 PM

Led Zeppelin won’t face a second trial over allegations the group stole part of its 1971 classic “Stairway to Heaven” from an obscure instrumental track by a 1960s California band.

In a rare so-called en banc decision Monday, 11 judges of the federal court of appeals in San Francisco let stand a 2016 jury verdict in favor of Led Zeppelin. A smaller panel of the same appeals court had previously thrown out the verdict after finding jurors had received faulty instructions from the trial judge.

The decision will come as a relief to the music industry, which has almost universally ...

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