Watch Third Episode Of “History Of Led Zeppelin” Series

Led Zeppelin have been celebrating their 50th anniversary with a new video series called “History Of Led Zeppelin.” You can check out the third episode below:

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Led Zeppelin Granted New Hearing In “Stairway To Heaven” Copyright Case

According to Associated Press, a federal appeals court have agreed to give Led Zeppelin a new hearing in the “Stairway To Heaven” copyright case. This news comes after the Ninth Circuit appeals court previously ruled to overturn the jury’s favorable verdict. For those unaware, the case was originally brought forward due to the similarities between “Stairway To Heaven” and Spirit’s “Taurus.”

Led Zeppelin To Celebrate 50th Anniversary With Official Documentary

Led Zeppelin will continue to celebrate their 50th anniversary with an official documentary. The film, which is currently in post-production, is being directed by Bernard MacMahon and it will feature new interviews with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones, rare archival interviews with the late John Bonham, archive film and photographs, and state of the art audio transfers of the band’s music.

Page said the following:

“When I saw everything Bernard had done both visually and sonically on the remarkable achievement that is ‘American Epic’, I knew he would be qualified to tell our story.”

Plant added:

“Seeing Will Shade, and so many other important early American musicians, brought to life on the big screen in ‘American Epic’ inspired me to contribute to a very interesting and exciting story.”

Jones also commented:

“The time was right for us to tell our own story for the first time in our own words, and I think that this film will really bring this story to life.”

There is no release date yet, but the documentary will launch in Cannes with CAA representing the U.S. rights and Altitude handling international sales.

Led Zeppelin Team Up With Vans For New Shoe Line

Led Zeppelin have teamed up with Vans to launch a new line of shoes. There will be two different kinds including low tops with the symbols from “Led Zeppelin IV” and high tops with the Hindenburg image from the band’s 1969 debut. Fans will be able to purchase those, as well as collaborative shirts and hats on February 22.

Led Zeppelin’s Attorneys Ask Ninth Circuit Appeals Court To Reconsider “Stairway To Heaven” Ruling

According to Law360, Led Zeppelin’s attorneys are trying to get the Ninth Circuit appeals court to reconsider their recent ruling to overturn the jury’s decision in the copyright infringement case involving “Stairway To Heaven.” That case was originally brought forward due to the similarities between the track and Spirit’s “Taurus.”

Led Zeppelin’s representatives are saying it could “cause jurors to find infringement just because the same unprotected elements are present, upsetting the ‘delicate balance'” between copyright protection and the freedom of music creators to employ common techniques and musical elements when composing music.”

The filing also adds that “if uncorrected,” the court’s conclusion will “allow a jury to find infringement based on very different uses of public domain material” leading to “widespread confusion in copyright cases in this circuit.”

Michael Skidmore, the trustee of “Taurus” songwriter Randy “California” Wolfe’s estate, brought forward the copyright claims more than four decades after “Stairway To Heaven” was released. When the case was originally taken to court, a Los Angeles jury ended up voting in favor of Led Zeppelin, after listening to both songs.

[via Blabbermouth]