Led Zeppelin Is About to Win Its ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Case…

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  1. Papanate

    Papanate Gold Supporting Member

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    To which I say...Thank Goodness. Aside from the cases that have been
    previously settled - this lawsuit brought by the estate of Randy California
    has stunk to high heavens. I have no dog in the hunt - but it makes me feel
    oddly enough - good - that the case will end.

    Led Zeppelin is about to win the STH lawsuit!
     
  2. geek-mo

    geek-mo Supporting Member

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    A number of us called prior art in another thread. It looks like we were right. I hope Randy California's estate is forced to pay Led Zeppelin's legal fees.
     
  3. Turi

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    As they should, for this one.
     
  4. BADHAK

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    Abit of justice and common sense at last.
    Ridiculous that it even got to the stage of going to court.
     
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  5. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    Surely this is not the first time this sort of argument has been introduced in some form in the course of this litigation.
     
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  6. Guitar Josh

    Guitar Josh Resident Curmudgeon Silver Supporting Member

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    Ok, so I guess we found the one song that Page and boys didn't steal. Doesn't change the fact they are plagiarists.
     
  7. BADHAK

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    No more than many other bands of that era.
     
  8. MoPho

    MoPho Pho Shizzle Silver Supporting Member

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    You know that thing where your eyeballs freeze when you eat ice cream? We all have been plagiarizing for years. There's only so many combinations available and we tend to honor our influencers whether we know it or not. I respect your position and know you aren't alone.
     
  9. SteveO

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    They don't get a pass from me for their indiscretions on their early albums, but this time around I'm completely on their side. The whole thing was nothing but a greedy attempted money grab by Randy California's next of kin, who wanted even more for doing nothing than they were already getting. Screw 'em.
     
  10. (Something)

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    The article says the estate is willing to settle for $1 and a songwriting credit. I'm not a legal expert by any means, but wouldn't that credit entitle Randy California to future royalties?
     
  11. SteveO

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    I do believe so, which is probably what the estate is hoping for. Otherwise they'll have to get real jobs like the rest of us.
     
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    Yes, it does entitle Randy's estate to future royalties. If I were his lawyers, I'd grab it fast.
     
  13. StratoCraig

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    How many great songs have you written that have no similarity to any other composition in the history of Western music?
     
  14. StratoCraig

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    I think you've got it backwards. The lawyers for Randy's estate are offering the $1+credit deal to Zeppelin, who I hope will laugh and refuse.
     
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    DrumBob Gold Supporting Member

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    OK, I stand corrected.
     
  16. Ed56m

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    Would love to hear the Italian baroque version.
     
  17. drewbledsoe

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    Only took 6 posts. o_O Do you complain about Clapton quoting Albert King almost note for note in Strange Brew?

     
  18. roadfilm

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    There is a big difference between incorporating known musical cliches in a song and taking an already copywrited song, removing the name(s) of the original writers and and putting your names on the song and claiming ownership. When you remove the name of the original writer and claim it as your own you are stealing.

    I don't see how people can't/won't grasp this simple concept.
     
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  19. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes. That's why they want it. The credit is likely more lucrative than the settlement amount.
     
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  20. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    It isn't just about similarity. Copyright doesn't protect from similarity per se. It protects from unauthorized copying and derivation.
     

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