Led Zeppelin Accused of Stealing Opening to “Stairway to Heaven”

By ABC News Radio

Image credit: Soren Solkaer StarbirdLed Zeppelin may soon be facing a legal challenge over a claim that the opening of the band’s signature song, “Stairway to Heaven,” was stolen from a tune by the group Spirit.

Attorney Francis Alexander Malofiy, who represents a songwriting trust for the late Randy California, a guitarist for Spirit, tells Business Week he’s preparing a copyright infringement lawsuit and an injunction to block the upcoming reissue of the album Led Zeppelin IV, which includes a remastered version of “Stairway to Heaven.”

According to the report, California, who was born Randy Wolfe, has …read more

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