In closing arguments, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were criticized for selective memories and convenient truths in their testimony

A key chapter of music history could be rewritten by a jury that began deliberating Wednesday over whether Led Zeppelin ripped off a riff for its epic Stairway to Heaven.

A lawyer representing the trust of a deceased songwriter criticized members of Led Zeppelin for selective memories and convenient truths in testifying about the origin of Jimmy Pages acoustic guitar opening of the 1971 rock anthem.

He didnt tell you where he got the idea for the introduction, attorney Francis Malofiy said in his closing argument in federal court in Los Angeles. It was a piece of music lifted from Taurus by Randy California.

Jurors deliberated for several hours Wednesday but did not reach a verdict. Theyre scheduled to resume Thursday.

The trust for Randy Wolfe, who adopted the surname California, is seeking millions of dollars and a third of the songwriting credit for Stairway, which it claims the band took from Taurus, released by Wolfes band Spirit in 1968.

Led Zeppelins lawyer, however, said the trust didnt own the copyright and the passage in question was a common descending chord sequence in the public domain.

Page and Plant vividly recalled creating Stairway at a country house south of London, though their testimony was at odds with previous accounts given in interviews by band members over the years. Their recollections of Spirit, a band they opened for at their first US show in 1968, were less clear.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jun/22/led-zeppelin-stairway-to-heaven-plagiarism-trial-jury

Jury deliberating in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven plagiarism trial
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