IP Law

Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway’ Win ‘Erodes’ Copyright Law, SCOTUS Told

Aug. 13, 2020, 3:38 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court should review a full appeals court’s decision that Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” doesn’t infringe the copyright in Spirit’s “Taurus” because the ruling “erodes the foundations of copyright law to the point of being unrecognizable,” a new petition says.

The Ninth Circuit ruling is “a gift to the industry, a disaster for independent artists, and spells the end of any real copyright protection for musical works,” according to the petition for review filed on behalf of the trust for late Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe—a.k.a. Randy California.

The estate says the songs shouldn’t have been compared based...

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