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.
Davis, Jordan, "9th Circuit Orders Retrial Over “Stairway to Heaven” Copyright Infringement Case" (2018). AELJ Blog. 179.