Jimmy Page Being Sued
2010-06-30 by East Hastings | 67 Comments

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is being sued by Jake Holmes, an American folk singer, due to claims that he originally wrote and recorded the song "Dazed and Confused".

Holmes stated that Page infringed his copyright, because his version of the song was released two years before Led Zeppelin’s. However, even if Holmes wins the suit, he can only claim money owed during the past three years, due to the statute of limitations.

Holmes recorded his version of the song in 1967 for his debut album “The Above Ground Sound” Of Jake Holmes. The album wasn’t exactly a huge hit, but later that year, Holmes played a gig with The Yardbirds, whom Page was a part of, at the Village Theater in Greenwich Village, New York. The band were impressed with the song and decided to develop their own version, a much longer one, with Page using a violin bow on his guitar.

Despite the fact that The Yardbirds never recorded a studio version of this song, there are a few live recordings in existence. One performance from a French TV show in March 1968 actually gives Holmes songwriting credits. By the time Zeppelin recorded their version of the song, Page had changed the music and lyrics of the song so much that he was credited as the sole writer. Holmes did try to contact Page, but with no luck. However, he always refused to take legal action – until now.

In terms of royalties, Holmes just wants “a fair deal. I don’t want [Page] to give me full credit for this song. He took it and put it in a direction that I would never have taken it, and it became very successful. So why should I complain? But give me at least half-credit on it”.

Here is the article, complete with an interview with Jake Holmes, and a comparison of both artists' versions of "Dazed and Confused":

http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/news/jimmy-page-sued-over-dazed-and-confused

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FruityCatOfDoom
June 30th 2010

2059 Comments


bullshit. guy should go fuck himself

Prolapse
June 30th 2010

4370 Comments


No he shouldn't, if the guy actually wrote the song he should get credit for it.

MUNGOLOID
June 30th 2010

4267 Comments


well that's a bitch.

Titan50
June 30th 2010

4588 Comments


No one really cares, Mr Holmes, just be impressed that your song was ripped off by none other than LED FUCKING ZEPPELIN

zarkinfrood42
June 30th 2010

154 Comments


(reserving judgement until I hear this guy's version)

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
June 30th 2010

16126 Comments


Was just about to post this. Not terribly surprising seeing as how they're known for ripping off blues artists. Still, it's Led Zeppelin.

Enotron
June 30th 2010

7695 Comments


lol talk about late reaction

poweroftheweez
June 30th 2010

1289 Comments


zeppelins is better so idc

eternium
June 30th 2010

16209 Comments


This has been known for years. Guy FINALLY decides to sue?

Ayon
June 30th 2010

160 Comments


I guess he's not really in it for the money? What a strange lawsuit.



taroo
June 30th 2010

2126 Comments


hmm... odd

bailar11
June 30th 2010

2433 Comments


lol

LepreCon
June 30th 2010

3544 Comments


Roy Harper will be suing next

DruggieDougie
June 30th 2010

185 Comments


guess this dude just wants bragging rights..and his rent paid. I mean, how much $ could this song have made in the last 3 years?
but shit, if Led Zeppelin re-mixed one of my songs, I'd like everyone to know lol..even if it was like 50 years later

jybt
June 30th 2010

342 Comments


I would think the WHOLE statute of limitations might have expired on this one...not just the "three years" part.

zarkinfrood42
June 30th 2010

154 Comments


Yeah, that was pretty obvious, so just give the man his credit and let's move on. It's not like anyone's going to stop listening to Zeppelin's version if they do.

kitsch
June 30th 2010

5105 Comments


looks like someone needs money

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2010

6925 Comments


This is really weird I just read about this like 3 days ago. BTW it's pretty much indisputable that the song was originally written by him.

http://www.cracked.com/article_18500_the-5-most-famous-musicians-who-are-thieving-bastards.html

Fort23
June 30th 2010

2469 Comments


this makes me happy, jimmy page is a douchebag, and i pretty much hate led zeppelin.

bailar11
June 30th 2010

2433 Comments


cool article. it makes me dislike metallica even further.

Gmork89
June 30th 2010

5402 Comments


Makes me love them even more.

ButcheredChildren
June 30th 2010

5591 Comments


I bet Jimmy Page is "dazed and confused" about this lawsuit :D

Booldawg
June 30th 2010

33 Comments


he's just getting sued cause he's SATANIC!

PlayCrackSky
June 30th 2010

207 Comments


Jimmy's confused; he's not used to being on this side of a lawsuit.

R6Rider
June 30th 2010

4075 Comments


What a dick. Seriously.

He had his chance to sue, it should be too late now.

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anuspudding
June 30th 2010

403 Comments


bull. FUCKING. shit.
what? they ripped off your song, and it only took you 31 years to realize this and take action?

BenTaylor
June 30th 2010

48 Comments


don't care they played it and made it successful...

Dreakon
June 30th 2010

342 Comments


If true, take em for all the money you can.
a) Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Page haven't been relevant for years and years.
b) Everyone wants a payday, they got theirs when they used the song. Nows your turn no-name guy.

Wolfgang
June 30th 2010

44 Comments


The original (Jake Holmes Version) is way better than the Zeppelin Version.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
June 30th 2010

17914 Comments


led zeppelin basically ripped off every song they ever recorded so yeah

EVedder27
June 30th 2010

6088 Comments


why even bother now

foreverendeared
June 30th 2010

14678 Comments


Guy just want a little bit of credit, and he won't get that much money out of it, so he'll probably win.

BASELINE
June 30th 2010

40 Comments


so this dude had this revelation 40 years later? interesting..

Ayon
June 30th 2010

160 Comments


I hope 30 years from now someone sues The Black Eyed Peas....again.

Ire
June 30th 2010

41460 Comments


Led Zeppelin are one of the most unoriginal bands of all time so I'm not surprised.

Disconnected
July 1st 2010

485 Comments


If anything, AC/DC was ripping off Black Dog. First AC/DC album was released four years after Black Dog was released.

Ire
July 1st 2010

41460 Comments


Let's not compare overrated, unoriginal bands.

ilikeforests
July 1st 2010

328 Comments


lol original is cool as fuck

Disconnected
July 1st 2010

485 Comments


How is Led Zeppelin unoriginal? What bands of their era sounded like them?

Ire
July 1st 2010

41460 Comments


How is Led Zeppelin unoriginal? What bands of their era sounded like them?



They ripped off a lot of blues, folk, pop and psychedelic bands from decades before and even from that
era.

Listen to the band Spirit, the band Zeppelin opened for on their first tours.


Disconnected
July 1st 2010

485 Comments


Led Zeppelin aren't blues, folk, pop, or psychedelic. And I don't see the similarity to Spirit either. Even if they did steal quite a bit of stuff, they at least translated it into their own sound, so they're not completely unoriginal. They should definitely have given credit to the original artists though.

Tits McGee
July 1st 2010

1876 Comments


This will more than likely to settle out of court though.



SpottedTrout
July 1st 2010

545 Comments


"Led Zeppelin aren't blues, folk, pop, or psychedelic."

LOL WUT?

The Battle of Evermore - Folk
Since I've Been Loving You - Blues

Wikipedia's Characteristics of Psychedelic rock;

1. electric guitars, often used with feedback, wah wah and fuzzboxes
2. elaborate studio effects, such as backwards tapes, panning, phasing, long delay loops, and
extreme reverb
3. exotic instrumentation, with a particular fondness for the sitar and tabla
4. a strong keyboard presence, especially organs, harpsichords, or the Mellotron (an early tape-
driven 'sampler')
5. a strong emphasis on extended instrumental solos or jams
6. more complex song structures, key and time signature changes, modal melodies and drones
7. surreal, whimsical, esoterically or literary-inspired, lyrics.

1 - Yeah, have you heard this band?
2 - Stairway to Heaven is supposedly a satan worship in reverse lol.
3 - So what if they don't use a fucking Sitar
4 - Into to Trampled Under Foot
5 - The live 20 min. versions of Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love, and Dazed and Confused on How The West
Was Won.
6 - The intro of The Ocean switches between 2 measures of 4/4 and 1 of 7/4
7 - The Battle of Evermore is about Lord of the Rings.

Lets try to at least have SOME ounce of evidence to back up your absurd statements.


In other news the guy shouldn't have waited 42 years to press charges lol, even if it was
plagiarized.


Ire
July 1st 2010

41460 Comments


Led Zeppelin aren't blues, folk, pop, or psychedelic. And I don't see the similarity to Spirit either.


I really hope you're not serious.

GenNarain
July 1st 2010

781 Comments


I wish I had half the money this guy was asking for. damned rich people

Ayon
July 1st 2010

160 Comments


"This will more than likely to settle out of court though."

Yea, that's what always happens. Suing for musical IP rarely ever get's settled in court.

Disconnected
July 1st 2010

485 Comments


Sometimes Led Zeppelin genre crosses but they generally maintain a rock sound. Now that I think about it though, there's a decent amount of blues influence in some of their songs.



TheSpirit
July 1st 2010

16662 Comments


[quote] he can only claim money owed during the past three years, due to the statute of limitations. [/quot]



Only? That's still probably a fuckton of money

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Ire
July 1st 2010

41460 Comments


Sometimes Led Zeppelin genre crosses but they generally maintain a rock sound.


You're starting to contradict yourself.

ShadowAmI
July 1st 2010

1542 Comments


i'd do it

Nagrarok
July 1st 2010

7957 Comments


Dazed and Confused was first released in '69... and he comes up with this now?

SpottedTrout
July 1st 2010

545 Comments


"Sometimes Led Zeppelin genre crosses but they generally maintain a rock sound. Now that I think about it though, there's a decent amount of blues influence in some of their songs."

Well good, all i wanted is for you think, even if you are contradicting yourself.

Eakflanderyof
July 1st 2010

2143 Comments


If anything, AC/DC was ripping off Black Dog. First AC/DC album was released four years after Black Dog was released.


I'm pretty sure Black Dog is actually a ripoff of an old blues song too lol.


JesusV4
July 1st 2010

391 Comments


Took him long enough

Ire
July 1st 2010

41460 Comments


^^A lot of Zeppelin songs are.

AbrahamLincoln
July 1st 2010

82 Comments


give the guy the credit he deserves...

Quen
July 1st 2010

1633 Comments


Why would he sue now? Besides, Zep's version is better regardless.

Fort23
July 1st 2010

2469 Comments


fuck led zeppelin ,

"Sometimes Led Zeppelin genre crosses but they generally maintain a rock sound. Now that I think about it though, there's a decent amount of blues influence in some of their songs."

really?

Spec
July 1st 2010

26836 Comments


Took this guy a long time to sue, it's been well known for a while it was ripped off.

Fort23
July 1st 2010

2469 Comments


true, but regardless, led zeppelin are so overrated it's annoying as fuck.

guerilla939
July 25th 2010

9 Comments


Bout damn time. A lot of Zeppelin's stuff is stolen covers that aren't credited.

bailar11
July 25th 2010

2433 Comments


lol lenny

Ikarus14
April 25th 2011

519 Comments


I'm a Zeppelin fan myself. But in all fairness half their songs were rip offs of other bands. Just listen to the song 'Taurus' by Spirit (1968) and tell me that isn't the 'Stairway to Heaven' guitar lick in it.

Satellite
April 25th 2011

19889 Comments


old article, but i just need to say fucking lol at people coming to page's defense here. lz are some of the biggest plagiarizers in music history.

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taxidermist
April 25th 2011

7175 Comments


JUSTICE!

ledfloyd
August 8th 2011

25 Comments


Page gives u half credit asshole
also y bring it up now, is it just to b a bigger ass

eonbluekarma
December 3rd 2011

37 Comments


"No he shouldn't, if the guy actually wrote the song he should get credit for it. "

The point is that Page made it a fucking classic. He admits that he couldn't have done what Page did. Give the guy a few beers.



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