(INDEPENDENT) — Led Zeppelin’s lawyer has urged the judge to bring a stop to the “Stairway to Heaven” copyright trial, claiming that the plaintiff has failed to prove that the rockers stole their iconic riff from Spirit’s song “Taurus”.
Peter Anderson, who is representing guitarist Jimmy Page and frontman Robert Plant in a Los Angeles court, asked US District Judge Gary Klausner to bring a halt to court proceedings on Monday. “Plaintiff rested and failed to carry his burden of proof on multiple issues,” he wrote in a motion to dismiss.
Page and Plant are accused of stealing key notes from Spirit’s 1968 instrumental track. Klausner ruled in April that “Stairway to Heaven” bore “substantial” similarities with “Taurus” after Michael Skidmore, a trustee for late Spirit guitarist and composer Randy California, real name Wolfe, filed a lawsuit alleging that Page had been inspired to write his hit after touring with Spirit in the late Sixties.
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