Jury verdict tossed in 'Stairway to Heaven' copyright suit
Published: Sep. 28, 2018 at 1:55 PM EDT
A U.S. appeals court has thrown out a jury's verdict that Led Zeppelin did not copy an obscure 1960s instrumental for the intro to its classic 1971 rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven."
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled Friday that a lower court judge had provided wrong jury instructions.
It sent the case back to the court for a new trial.
The lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles claimed the song's famous riff was copied from the song "Taurus" by the band Spirit.
A trustee for the estate of late guitarist Randy Wolfe from the band Spirit claims Led Zeppelin stole the recognizable riff from the song "Taurus."
A phone message left with an attorney for Led Zeppelin was not immediately returned.