SAN FRANCISCO — “Stairway to Heaven” gets some other listening to, this time to a packed space.
A panel of 11 judges from the ninth U.S. Circuit Courtroom of Appeals agreed Monday to listen to Led Zeppelin’s enchantment in a copyright lawsuit alleging the crowd stole its 1971 rock epic from an difficult to understand 1960s instrumental.
In a 2016 trial that integrated testimony from Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Web page and singer Robert Plant, a jury discovered that “Stairway to Heaven” didn’t considerably resemble the music “Taurus,” written by way of the past due Randy Wolfe and carried out by way of his band Spirit.
Web page mentioned he wrote the tune for the music and Plant the lyrics, and that each had been unique.
However in September, a three-judge panel from the ninth Circuit dominated that the choose on the trial had did not advise the jury correctly, and ordered a brand new trial . The judges unanimously discovered that the trial choose used to be mistaken to inform jurors that particular components of a music corresponding to its notes or scale would possibly not qualify for copyright coverage, as a result of a mix of the ones components would possibly qualify if they’re sufficiently unique.
Led Zeppelin’s legal professionals moved to the following stage of enchantment, requesting the bigger crew of judges to rehear the case, and the request used to be granted. The 11-judge panel will pay attention the case in past due September in San Francisco.
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