Is copyright infringement a Stairway to Hell?

Did Led Zeppelin rip off their most iconic song, ‘Stairway to Heaven?’

There’s a famous scene in the iconic 1992 film “Wayne’s World” where protagonist Wayne Campbell is forbidden to play an iconic song on a guitar he covets. His response? “No Stairway? Denied!”

That phrase could soon be uttered in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the site of a trial that will embroil the seminal ‘70s rock band Led Zeppelin. The charge? That the band’s most famous song, “Stairway to Heaven,” is a rip-off of another tune.

Senior Editor and Community Manager

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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