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Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin

Did Led Zeppelin steal “Stairway to Heaven”? (Have a listen to Spirit’s song “Taurus” and decide for yourself.) Ninth Circuit: Could be. The jury should have been instructed that the selection and arrangement of unprotectable musical elements are protectable. Remanded for a new trial, and this time “Taurus” must be played in front of the jury.


Tags: 2018, Copyright Law, Intellectual Property, Ninth Circuit

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