Led Zeppelin’s 1971 classic ‘Stairway to Heaven’ has been put on trial for stealing the opening chords from another band. According to the lawsuit, the chords used during first two minutes of the song was borrowed from a 1967 instrumental ‘Taurus’ composed by the band Spirit. In fact Spirit and Led Zeppelin have toured together during 1968 and 1969. A civil lawsuit was filed by late Taurus guitarist and ‘Taurus’ composer Randy Wolfe’s trustee Michael Skidmore. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and lead singer Robert Plant appeared at the court for the hearing.
Experts in the industry are however saying that the minor key and descending base line used in both the songs are overtly used in a large number of songs and hence cannot be copyrighted. US District Judge Garry Klausner had however mentioned in April that, that there is a lot of similarity between the chords of the two compositions. Led Zeppelin’s attorneys are also claiming that the chords in question are cliched and should not be copyrighted. We leave both songs below for you to judge.