The Latest: Lawyer says 'Stairway to Heaven' riff not stolen

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Posted: Jun 14, 2016 6:53 PM
The Latest: Lawyer says 'Stairway to Heaven' riff not stolen

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a copyright lawsuit over Led Zeppelin's song "Stairway to Heaven" (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

A lawyer for Led Zeppelin says there's no evidence the band swiped the opening to the song "Stairway to Heaven."

Attorney Peter Anderson told jurors Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court that evidence will show that songwriters Robert Plant and Jimmy Page did not violate the copyright of a deceased musician's instrumental song.

A trustee for the estate of late guitarist Randy Wolfe from the band Spirit claims Page and Plant stole the recognizable riff from the song "Taurus."

A lawyer for the estate says that it was the chord progression from Wolfe's song that made "Stairway to Heaven" the iconic hit it became.

Plant, Page and the band's bassist John Paul Jones are all expected to testify about the song's creation.

12:45 p.m.

A jury has been selected for the trial of a copyright lawsuit over the Led Zeppelin song "Stairway to Heaven."

The suit being heard in federal court in Los Angeles claims the tune's famous riff was copied from the song "Taurus" by the band Spirit.

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant were in court Tuesday as the jury was picked.

Testimony is expected to begin in the afternoon.

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10:25 a.m.

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant are in a federal courtroom in Los Angeles on Tuesday for trial in a copyright lawsuit over their song "Stairway to Heaven."

First, the court will pick a jury to decide whether the members of Led Zeppelin ripped off the song's famous riff.

Page and Plant are named as defendants in the lawsuit brought by the trustee of late guitarist Randy Wolfe from the band Spirit. Attorneys for the trustee say 1971's "Stairway to Heaven" copies music from the Spirit song "Taurus," which Wolfe wrote in either 1966 or 1967.

Led Zeppelin and Spirit performed at some concerts and festivals around the same time, but not on the same stage.

A judge has ruled that evidence made a circumstantial case that Led Zeppelin may have heard "Taurus" before writing their song.

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11:20 p.m.

Generations of aspiring guitarists have tried to copy the riff from Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven."

Starting Tuesday, a Los Angeles court will try to decide whether the members of Led Zeppelin themselves ripped off that riff.

The band's guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant are named as defendants in the lawsuit brought by the trustee of late guitarist Randy Wolfe from the band Spirit. Attorneys for the trustee contend that 1971's "Stairway to Heaven" copies music from the Spirit song "Taurus," which Wolfe wrote in either 1966 or 1967.

Led Zeppelin and Spirit performed at some concerts and festivals around the same time, but not on the same stage.

A judge ruled in April that evidence presented in hearings made a circumstantial case that Led Zeppelin may have heard "Taurus" performed before writing their song and sent the case to trial.