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Led Zeppelin, after six years of legal battles, has finally won their “Stairway to Heaven” copyright lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court deciding not to hear further arguments.

Per Variety, “The justices denied a petition aimed at reviving the case, ending six years of litigation that the song’s writers, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, plagiarized the song’s iconic intro from the 1968 song ‘Taurus’ by the group Spirit.”

Back in August, the Supreme Court was petitioned by the estate of the late Randy “California” Wolfe in an effort to overturn the March 2020 en banc ruling (by all judges of the court) from the 9th Circuit Cout of Appeals. That ruling stated that the 2016 verdict that declared Zeppelin did not steal parts of “Stairway to Heaven” from the 1968 track “Taurus” from the band Spirit would stand. In September 2018, a three-judge bench of the 9th Circuit Cout of Appeals overturned the 2016 verdict.

The Wolfe estate argued in the original lawsuit that Zeppelin ripped off a chord progression in “Taurus” that was written by Wolfe, which was alleged to be used as the intro to “Stairway to Heaven.” Zeppelin’s defense argued that the descending four-chord progression on “Taurus” was common and not subject to copyright protection, thus proving Zeppelin didn’t rip off Spirit.

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights