RIAA Says 'Stairway' Ruling Would 'Overprotect' Copyrights

Law360 (November 6, 2018, 1:57 PM EST) -- The Recording Industry Association of America asked the full Ninth Circuit to undo a high-profile ruling on Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," saying it threatens to "badly overprotect" copyrights.

In an amicus brief filed Monday, the powerful group asked the en banc court to reconsider a decision in September that said Zeppelin must face a new trial over accusations that it stole the famous intro to "Stairway" from a little-known 1967 instrumental ballad.

The RIAA — better known as a staunch advocate for strict intellectual property laws — told the full appeals court that copyright law must "carefully calibrate and balance...

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