U.S. Supreme Court Is Asked To Intervene In Led Zeppelin “Stairway To Heaven” Copyright Case

According to Law360, Randy “California” Wolfe’s estate has filed a petition for a writ of certiorari in an effort to get the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a recent ruling in the copyright case involving Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” and Spirit’s “Taurus.” As previously reported, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco decided to uphold the previous jury verdict that said that “Stairway To Heaven” was not a rip-off of “Taurus.”

Wolfe’s estate said the following in the petition for certiorari:

“The [Ninth Circuit] opinion is a disaster for the creatives whose talent is often preyed upon. By the same token, it is a gift to the music industry and its attorneys — enthusiastically received — by a circuit whose own judge once observed: ‘Our circuit is the most hostile to copyright owners of all the circuits.’

The ‘court of appeals for the Hollywood Circuit’ has finally given Hollywood exactly what it has always wanted: a copyright test which it cannot lose. Portending what is to come, in the days following the decision’s filing multiple major copyright rulings have already dramatically favoured industry defendants. The proverbial canary in the coal mine has died; it remains to be seen if the miners have noticed.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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