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« on: October 06, 2020, 10:09:49 AM »

Zeppelin finally win case

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54423922
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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2020, 12:29:23 PM »

Fair enough, I think.

There is a similarity in the descending guitar motifs, and Jimmy Page was a bit of a magpie, but if the judges allowed copyright infringements every time a few seconds of noodling was lifted from another song, the courts would be forever full of musicians and their managers.
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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2020, 12:45:55 PM »

Zep were thieves, Stairway ripped off Spirit.
Lets be fair here, Page, Plant, Jones and Bonham had no compunction in ripping off the old blues guys and awarding themselves the writing royalties.  Page almost slavishly copied the intro for Stairway. He's got previous your honour, loads of it.
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2020, 03:26:33 PM »

Okay, I had to go listen to "Taurus" again.

The songs are similar only in "Spirit," as far as I can tell.  Smiley

Having said that, I do believe the trial judge erred in not allowing the jury to actually hear the two songs played, side by side. Their original determination in favor of Zep was based on expert testimony and reading sheet music. The judge may even have ordered them not to listen to "Taurus" on their own time, which seems like putting the thumb on the scale for Zep.
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2020, 03:57:47 PM »

Definitely the right result.  This was always an utter crock of ****.  I imagine Randy was rolling in his grave embarrassed to hell about the mess his compadres got involved in.  And the lawyers had a fine old time.  Again...
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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2020, 05:35:34 PM »


Definitely the right result.  This was always an utter crock of ****.  I imagine Randy was rolling in his grave embarrassed to hell about the mess his compadres got involved in.  And the lawyers had a fine old time.  Again...
The lawyers are always the main winners  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2020, 07:14:44 PM »


Zep were thieves, Stairway ripped off Spirit.
Lets be fair here, Page, Plant, Jones and Bonham had no compunction in ripping off the old blues guys and awarding themselves the writing royalties.  Page almost slavishly copied the intro for Stairway. He's got previous your honour, loads of it.


I agree with Jim in principle.  In practice, I think the result was right, for reasons stated by others above.

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« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2020, 10:17:02 PM »

Listen to the outro of Eric Clapton's "Let It Grow". That's fairly similar to the intro of "Stairway". To my knowledge Clapton never faced a lawsuit...
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