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Led Zeppelin will go back to court for a retrial more than two years after winning a suit that alleged the band plagiarized “Stairway to Heaven.” San Francisco’s 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the jury’s verdict Friday, according to NBC News. Parts of the jury instructions were erroneous and prejudicial, the court panel said.

The suit was brought on by Michael Skidmore, trustee of late Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe, who recorded under the name Randy California. Skidmore alleged that Zeppelin leaned heavily on “Taurus,” a 38-second-long 1968 Spirit instrumental, for the “Stairway to Heaven” intro, which became a monumental hit. The bands performed together in 1968 and 1969; “Stairway” came out in 1971. The appeals court said it was wrong that the judge in the original trial forbade the plaintiffs from playing “Taurus” for the jury; likewise they were not allowed to hear “Stairway.”

To read more on Rolling Stone:

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/led-zeppelin-retrial-stairway-to-heaven-suit-730941/

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