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Led Zeppelin sued for plagiarizing 'Stairway to Heaven' from former tour mates

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Fans may be left dazed and confused over a new lawsuit about an old ongoing battle between Led Zeppelin and their former tourmates Spirit.

According to People, the suit claims that Led Zeppelin plagiarized arguably their best work “Stairway to Heaven” from an instrumental section of Spirit’s song “Taurus”. Similarities between the two songs have been noted for decades, with videos created on YouTube specifically to call out the issue. Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page claims he wrote “Stairway to Heaven” in 1970, two years after the band toured with Spirit, the same year they had released “Taurus.”

“The idea behind this [suit] is to make sure that [“Taurus” writer and Spirit guitarist] Randy California is given a writing credit on ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ ” attorney Francis Alexander Malofiy said to Bloomberg Businessweek. In addition, the suit would block any reissuing of Led Zeppelin IV, the album containing “Stairway to Heaven.”  Compare for yourself below: