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A three-judge panel on the 9th Circuit unanimously overturned the district court’s 2016 decision in the “Stairway to Heaven” copyright infringement case. The case involved two songs: Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and Spirit’s “Taurus.” The jury found that the opening guitar melody of “Stairway” was not “extrinsically similar” to a portion of the instrumental-song “Spirit.” However, for reasons discussed below, the case was remanded for a new trial.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on October 14, 2018. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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