US Sides With Led Zeppelin In 'Stairway' Copyright Fight

Law360 (August 16, 2019, 7:05 PM EDT) -- The federal government has jumped into a closely watched copyright case over "Stairway to Heaven," urging an appeals court to side with Led Zeppelin — and not to give the band’s accuser a “monopoly on a common musical convention.”

The entry of the U.S. Department of Justice came as the en banc Ninth Circuit is set to decide the long-running lawsuit, which claims Zeppelin ripped off the iconic intro to "Stairway” from an obscure instrumental ballad called "Taurus" by the band Spirit.

In an amicus brief filed Thursday, the government urged the court to reinstate a 2016 verdict that cleared Zeppelin...

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