The Latest: Jury ends first day of 'Stairway' deliberations

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Posted: Jun 22, 2016 9:00 PM
The Latest: Jury ends first day of 'Stairway' deliberations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a copyright lawsuit against Led Zeppelin members over a riff used in the 1971 hit "Stairway to Heaven" (all times local):

5:35 p.m.

A Los Angeles jury has gone home for the day without reaching a verdict in a copyright lawsuit that claims Led Zeppelin's guitarist and singer stole a riff from the band Spirit for their 1971 hit "Stairway to Heaven."

After closing arguments concluded Wednesday morning, the jury deliberated for several hours before leaving in late afternoon. Deliberations are scheduled to resume Thursday morning.

Attorneys for the trust of the late Randy Wolfe, founder of Spirit, claim Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant stole the opening riff from the 1968 song "Taurus."

Led Zeppelin lawyer Peter Anderson says any copyright lawsuit should have been brought back when "Stairway to Heaven" came out in 1971.

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This story has been corrected to show the trust, not the estate of Randy Wolfe is involved in the lawsuit.

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11:15 a.m.

Lawyers have delivered closing arguments in the trial of a Los Angeles copyright lawsuit that claims Led Zeppelin's guitarist and singer stole a riff from the band Spirit for their 1971 hit "Stairway to Heaven."

Plaintiff's attorney Francis Malofiy told the jury Wednesday that Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are amazing musicians but he criticized them as having selective memories and convenient truths on the witness stand.

A lawyer for Page and Plant says they can't be blamed for faulty memories of events a half-century ago.

Attorney Peter Anderson says any copyright lawsuit should have been brought back when "Stairway to Heaven" came out.

Attorneys for the estate of the late Randy Wolfe, founder of Spirit, claim the riff was taken from the 1968 song "Taurus."