Led Zeppelin‘s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant didn’t steal the rock classic “Stairway to Heaven” … according to the jury in their theft trial.
The verdict came in Thursday morning after less than a day of deliberation.
The trustee for songwriter Randy Wolfe, from the group Spirit, had sued claiming the iconic ‘Stairway’ guitar riff was lifted from Spirit’s song, “Taurus.” According to the jury they felt the two songs were different enough to not be a copyright issue.
During the trial Spirit bassist Mark Andes said the band played “Taurus” at a Denver show where Led Zeppelin opened. Zeppelin’s attorney said the bands were never onstage together.
The guitar and piano renditions were played by musicians from both sides. The defense agreed they had similarities, but in the end the jury did not think so.