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Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven vs Spirit's Taurus

  1. Oct 26, 2014 #1

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    symbolipoint

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    When will artists realize that musical ideas are just floating through the air, waiting for an artist to catch it and use it? (That's a rephrasing from what a very famous guitar player said, a few times.) Judge that!
     
  4. Oct 27, 2014 #3
    Yes. They're only exactly the same for about two bars or so. I'd bet Zepplin would admit under truth serum they lifted those two bars straight from Spirit, but I think that's under the minimum requirement for plagiarism. The rest of "Stairway" is developed very differently from "Taurus," and is pretty clearly a different song.
     
  5. Jun 19, 2016 #4

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    The civil lawsuit is being tried presently.

    Led Zeppelin's Page Dodges Court Questions, Riffs Air Guitar
    http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment...age-dodges-court-questions-riffs-air-39925725

    A musician analyzes the songs, their similarity, and their differences.


    I enjoyed Spirit and love 'Taurus', which is a wonderful piece of music. 'Stairway to Heaven' is OK, but it got overplayed. I'm glad Page and Plant made a fortune from it. That Taurus didn't catch on the same way is what happens in the marketplace.
     
  6. Jun 20, 2016 #5

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    I haven't listened to Taurus yet, but I did see a Facebook post once from an ignorant littlet twerp lamenting how this new band "Queen" had ripped off the riff from "Ice, Ice, Baby". :mad:
     
  8. Jun 20, 2016 #7

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    Yeah, me too. Page/Plant have been claiming that the riff was a not too terribly uncommon, traditional one (common enough at least that other musicians used it too, or variations of it). I guess that about wraps that up.

    Ha! Yeah, forget about Spirit; Zeppelin stole all their stuff from the Beastie Boys. :biggrin:
     
  9. Jun 21, 2016 #8

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    I have no idea how this will turn out - juries love the idea of someone successful having stolen from the less successful. However, there have been cases with a lot more similarity without a judgment or even without a lawsuit. Wingy Manone's "Tar Paper Stomp" and Joe Garland's "In The Mood", as an example.
     
  10. Jun 24, 2016 #9

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