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Jurors deem "Stairway to Heaven" original

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>> Did Led Zeppelin steal this song?
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And turn it into this song?
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Jurors say no. A Los Angeles jury finding that singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page had access to Spirit's 1967 song Taurus but that the riff they were accused to taking was not intrinsically similar to the opening cords of Stairway to Heaven. In a statement, the songwriters said they were pleased with the outcome, quote, confirming what we have known for 45 years.
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Lawyers arguing the song was plagiarized noted the two bands toured together in 1968 and 69 and added that their side was hamstrung by an order preventing jurors from listening to Spirit's recording of Taurus. They instead focused on the sheet music. Reuters Alex Dobuzinskis explains.>> Copyright cases are based on pieces of paper and specifically, they're based on pieces of paper that are filed with the U.S. Library of Congress.
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What is copyrightable is the composition, not the way that a band might ultimately perform or record a composition but the way the composition was written down originally.>> A trustee for the estate for Spirit songwriter was not pleased by the outcome.>> I'm not surprised, I'm disappointed. The song Taurus, Stairway to Heaven is clearly based on it.
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I was David versus Goliath, the big corporations won.>> Stairway appeared on Led Zeppelin IV which went on to become the fourth best selling album ever in the United States.