Led Zeppelin Accused of Plagiarism
2014-05-20 by livingisland | 98 Comments

A lawyer representing Randy California, guitarist for 60s band Spirit, is seeking legal action against world-famous rock band Led Zeppelin for stealing the intro to their
iconic hit 'Stairway to Heaven' from an instrumental track from the aforementioned band.

According to Rolling Stone magazine, the two bands played four gigs together in the late 60s. The song, 'Taurus', came out 3 years prior to 'Stairway to Heaven'.

More can be read here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/led-zeppelins-stairway-to-heaven-targeted-for-plagiarism-20140519#ixzz32GHlUhdE

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ILiveInNetherlands
May 20th 2014

512 Comments


OH NO THIS WILL KILL ZEPPELIN'S CAREER

Asdfp277
May 20th 2014

1022 Comments


*spanish flea playing at the background*

danielcardoso
May 20th 2014

1804 Comments


the songs in question are from the 1960's and yet they're only coming forward with the charges now...

Scoot
May 20th 2014

17709 Comments


NO STAIRWAY

DENIED

titanslayer
May 20th 2014

1578 Comments


Well this is really fucking stupid

ILiveInNetherlands
May 20th 2014

512 Comments


DANIELCARDOSO IS 1 COMMENT FROM A THOUSAND CAN YOU PLEASE INSULT ME?

fallenbird
May 20th 2014

3538 Comments


People really have to give up on talking about how Led Zeppelin stole songs. There's only a certain amount of note
sequences one can write in a certain key and there are 7 billion people in this world. Odds are these guys aren't the first to
think of it either.

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livingisland
May 20th 2014

524 Comments


They couldn't afford an attorney until now apparently

guitarded_chuck
May 20th 2014

2896 Comments


zep's accountant will give them 5k to fuck off

sumyunguy
May 20th 2014

772 Comments


RANDY California.

And the only thing Zeppelin are guilty of is turning un-listenable, presently anachronistic proto-blues into masterpieces.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2014

20749 Comments


i wonder if snide has something to do with this

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livingisland
May 20th 2014

524 Comments


Oops don't know where Richard came from

PappyMason
May 20th 2014

739 Comments


I'm not quite sure this classifies as a 'rip-off'...


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TalonsOfFire
May 20th 2014

6104 Comments


The first three notes in both songs are the same and it's a similar sounding guitar line, but last time I checked you can't copyright chord progressions

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Relinquished
May 20th 2014

24855 Comments


the work of young people convincing old people that they've been 'ripped-off' by old successful people and to take action

they wouldn't have cared if it wasn't pushed in their faces

manosg
May 20th 2014

5869 Comments


"Led Zeppelin Accused of Plagiarism"

lol, for the first time?

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wowyouresohxc
May 20th 2014

86 Comments


shots fired

emester
May 20th 2014

2555 Comments


It's a little late, don't you think?

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TheFantasticDangler
May 20th 2014

1151 Comments


add it to the list

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Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2014

5245 Comments


Zeppelin plagiarize?????! NO FUCKiNG WAY!!!!

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MyLittlePenis
May 20th 2014

710 Comments


randy california just heard stairway to heaven for the first time a few weeks ago and realized hey i wrote something a little similar to that intro

BMDrummer
May 20th 2014

5430 Comments


Hasn't this theory gone on for years? Spirit apparently acknowledged in their liner notes that they heard the similarities when they toured together.

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ASmallVictory
May 20th 2014

23 Comments


well that's it; stairway to heaven is no more all hail taurus

Mabbitt
May 20th 2014

1344 Comments


Um...congrats?

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Futures
May 20th 2014

9276 Comments


the real news is this guys name is randy california. wtf

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CutMan
May 20th 2014

1774 Comments


I'll just leave this here for the people saying people need to stop claiming Led Zeppelin stole anything.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiiY4ciKFQA

someguest
May 20th 2014

20393 Comments


Music builds upon itself over time.

These geriatrics just need some $$$.

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wacknizzle
May 20th 2014

12868 Comments


This is weird, I thought Page asked him to use part of the chord progression in Taurus and Randy said it was okay. Way too late to be suing over this

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Penlord
May 20th 2014

183 Comments


lol Randy's been dead for a long time now, his estate must be similar to hendrix's if they're this
greedy. Plus the songs are not the same, page probably heard Taurus, but I wouldn't sue anyone over
it.

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facupm
May 20th 2014

7285 Comments


im sure no one will ever jam zeppelin again

FourthReich
May 20th 2014

17293 Comments


most overrated song of all time agrd

fallenbird
May 20th 2014

3538 Comments


Most underrated song of all time, agreed.

evilford
May 20th 2014

22003 Comments


this is destined to be one of the best news threads of the year

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ArsMoriendi
May 20th 2014

3720 Comments


"im sure no one will ever jam zeppelin again"

If feel like this would only ruin Led Zeppelin for idiots. It's only like the first minute of the song anyway and it's not even
identical anyway, just similar.

Spirit just wants money and attention.

Ire
May 20th 2014

41753 Comments


no way the sky must be blue

FourthReich
May 20th 2014

17293 Comments


smoke weed[2]

Ire
May 20th 2014

41753 Comments


zep opened for spirit for one of their early american tours.

also plant and bonham have both cited spirit as an influence for poseurs who don't know

Porklips
May 20th 2014

85 Comments


Should have sued The Black Keys, that submarine song is basically a rip off of stairway.

ZippaThaRippa
May 20th 2014

2415 Comments


It's a bit late

MaskAtTheMasquerade
May 20th 2014

2887 Comments


YA GOIN TO JAIL ZEPPELIN

Flutsback
May 20th 2014

6 Comments


"NO STAIRWAY

DENIED"

Best sput comment 2014. I burst out laughing in class. fucking classic.

iambandersnatch
May 20th 2014

1469 Comments


isn't that ah.. statute of limitations or something?

PappyMason
May 20th 2014

739 Comments


'It's a bit late'

They've done it just before the forthcoming Led Zep reissues. Perfect timing eh ;)


TronaldDump
May 20th 2014

475 Comments


led zeppelin

mo like....ded zeppelin

MyNameIsPencil
May 20th 2014

546 Comments


Pfft, more like Stealway to Heaven



I'm so sorry

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MyNameIsPencil
May 20th 2014

546 Comments


Also CALIFORNIA REST IN PEACE
SIMULTANEOUS SUING
CALIFORNIA SHOW YOUR TEETH
I'M YOUR PRIESTESS YOU'RE MY LAWYER
yeah. yeah

TronaldDump
May 20th 2014

475 Comments


Randy was dreaming of californication.

Until RHCP sued him for plagiarism.

KILL
May 20th 2014

71087 Comments


this is gay

still love u spirit tho xx

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Emim
May 20th 2014

26570 Comments


hopefully they can come back from this disturbing revelation

PappyMason
May 20th 2014

739 Comments


@Emin hahahahaha...

PappyMason
May 20th 2014

739 Comments


Think of the fans, think of the fans.

Spec
May 20th 2014

27102 Comments


NO STAIRWAY

DENIED [2]

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Friday13th
May 20th 2014

2272 Comments


Everyone knows Page did "rip off" or get inspired by the Taurus intro but seriously why all of a sudden the legal action. Dat's just uncool.

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Thunderkat
May 20th 2014

503 Comments


"Randy California"

lol

Verm
May 20th 2014

1003 Comments


Still, I don't trust in anyone who doesn't like led zeppelin

ConcubinaryCode
May 20th 2014

2059 Comments


Again?

Verm
May 20th 2014

1003 Comments


Yeah, is so hard to trust in people who doesn't like zep

DatBeefPudding
May 20th 2014

1280 Comments


lol this is fucking retarded

TzarChasm
May 20th 2014

131 Comments


A day late and a dollar short?

NeroCorleone80
May 20th 2014

28651 Comments


They'll prob be dead by the time they receive the money

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BigSneakySnatch
May 20th 2014

333 Comments


this isnt for money this is to try and make the other band relevant

3ddie
May 20th 2014

84 Comments


The non-plagiarized albums are good


sonictheplumber
May 20th 2014

4314 Comments


if thats the case bigsneakysnatch it aint gonna work. spirit shirts will not replace zep usa tour 77 shirts at any department store

Panzerchrist
May 20th 2014

122 Comments


Water is wet, news at eleven

Hypochondria
May 20th 2014

55 Comments


I must burn all my Led Zeppelin vinyls, bunch of liars...No but seriously, Randy California? Greatest name ever haha

Dancedrewdance
May 20th 2014

389 Comments


100 years later lmao someone needs crack

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Dancedrewdance
May 20th 2014

389 Comments


Also if this guy had any class he would think of it like Ian anderson does with the eagles...

BigSneakySnatch
May 20th 2014

333 Comments


sonic theyre obviously not going to be more relevant, but still this is the first real publicity theyve had in years. i mean theres no way theyre going to get any money

Relinquished
May 20th 2014

24855 Comments


specially if the judge is zepfan

Nomos
May 20th 2014

821 Comments


People are still surprised by this? They've always been a shitty band.

demigod!
May 20th 2014

44070 Comments


everyone wants a piece of the pie

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2014

4400 Comments


dat custard pie.

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CutMan
May 20th 2014

1774 Comments


I love how no one reads the article before commenting, half the time, on here. It was SAID why it's only happening just now. They needed money for legal action, which he/they did not have until now, according to the article.

c0nf1n3d
May 20th 2014

280 Comments


Who cares? Stairway to Heaven is great.

CK
May 20th 2014

4908 Comments


I'd sure like a piece of your custard pie

someguest
May 20th 2014

20393 Comments


People are still surprised by this? They've always been a shitty band.


yeah, they never should have brought the Mississippi Delta blend to white idiots like yourself

Prince1993
May 21st 2014

541 Comments


and thus Led Zeppelin's career is in shambles

DrGonzo1937
May 21st 2014

5399 Comments


A little late, isn't he? Shouldn't he have done this, you know, when it came out.

Satellite
May 21st 2014

20723 Comments


scoot already won this thread guys

SitarHero
May 21st 2014

4645 Comments


scoot already won this thread guys [2]

tempest--
May 21st 2014

13029 Comments


fuckin scoot he like never posts anymore but when he does it's A+++

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lobstah
May 21st 2014

40 Comments


Ha! I just listened to Taurus and claiming Stairway to Heaven is a rip off of that is a bit of a stretch... Actually it's quite a long stretch. Had I not read this and listened to that song, I'd never thought to myself "God damn that sounds a lot like Stairway to Heaven". Nice try....

discovolante
May 21st 2014

658 Comments


"Led Zeppelin Accused of Plagiarism"

...... And????

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Splinternet
May 21st 2014

1 Comments


"And in other news, the prime minister of sweden visited washington today and my tiny little nipples went to france"

evilford
May 21st 2014

22003 Comments


lol

Groink
May 21st 2014

765 Comments


This band has a track record of ripping other musicians off, no surprise here.

JohnDillinger
May 22nd 2014

43 Comments


Ok for all idiots in this thread: the stairway opening riff is extremely simple and was used by many artists, there are some similarities, but thats it, no plagiarism there AND more importantly all the blues interpretations LZ did aren't rip offs!!!!!!! for the last fucking time :D those classic blues songs are common property with the original artists unknown. it is totally legitimate among the blues community to play older songs, you don't cover it, you do a new interpretation.

drasticaction74
May 22nd 2014

1727 Comments


white people from the 60's playing blues accused of plagiarism?

did I miss something?

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Morf
May 22nd 2014

17 Comments


I thought with composition only the melody of a song was copyrighted (there's like 4 other copyrights in a single recorded work or something I can't really remember), as it is the most recognisable section of a song. Stairway To Heaven with different vocal melodies, is a different song; Stairway To Heaven with a different intro, or instrumentation, is still stairway to heaven. The same way the Men At Work drummer wanted songwriting credits for writing the drums to 'I come from the land down under', but the judged ruled that he could go and get fucked instead, because the drums are not integral and the song would at least melodically be the same with or without him. Obviously this riff is important to the song, but this is almost tantamount to someone hearing a triangle getting thrashed in this piece, and yelling out plagiarism because they fucked around on it first.

North0House2
May 22nd 2014

5838 Comments


^ tl;dr

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2014

20260 Comments


AND more importantly all the blues interpretations LZ did aren't rip offs!!!!!!! for the last fucking time :D those classic blues songs are common property with the original artists unknown.


This is only true of traditionals, which many of the songs that Zep were accused of stealing from aren't.

DominionMM1
May 22nd 2014

9700 Comments


"This is only true of traditionals, which many of the songs that Zep were accused of stealing from aren't."

that's true but the whole plagiarism thing has been blown out of proportion for decades. take custard pie for instance. yeah some of the lyrics are taken from bukka white but it's not like all of them are. i mean i've never heard anyone blasting clutch for stealing from blind willie johnson even though fallon used some of his lyrics.

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Upsidedown_and_Sideways
May 22nd 2014

258 Comments


Hi,

I like both songs.

Imperial
May 24th 2014

1723 Comments


Jimmy Page is gay anyways Jason Becker for life.

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CutMan
May 25th 2014

1774 Comments


Good God, some of you fan boys....

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 25th 2014

20260 Comments


I'm more of Spirit fanboy than a Zep one tbh.

Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus > any Zep album.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2014

5974 Comments


http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/supreme-court-ruling-opens-copyright-battle-over-spider-man-led-zeppelin/

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someguest
May 27th 2014

20393 Comments


fuckin scoot he like never posts anymore but when he does it's A+++


they really cut his computer time at the ward



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