Led Zeppelin Urges 9th Circ. To Undo 'Stairway' Ruling
By Bill Donahue (October 29, 2018, 9:52 PM EDT) -- Led Zeppelin is pressing the full Ninth Circuit to undo a ruling last month that revived a copyright lawsuit over the intro to "Stairway to Heaven," saying the ruling will cause "widespread confusion" and upset the "delicate balance" between copyright protection and the public domain.
In a brief filed Friday, the band asked the court to reconsider en banc a September decision by a three-judge panel, which wiped out a 2016 jury verdict that said that "Stairway" did not infringe a 1967 instrumental ballad called "Taurus" by the band Spirit.
That ruling, Zeppelin said, threatens to improperly extend protection to collections of public...
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