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.