British musician Jimmy Page before signing his new book entitled 'Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page' at a Waterstones book shop in central London, December 02, 2014.
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Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant will appear in court Tuesday to defend "Stairway to Heaven," one of the most recognizable songs in rock history, from accusations of plagiarism. Spirit, a Los Angeles psychedelic band that enjoyed a niche following but never Zeppelin's superstardom, claim the melancholic guitar chords that opens the song was lifted from its instrumental track "Taurus". Led Zeppelin argued that the opening of "Stairway to Heaven" – a descending sequence mostly in A-minor – had been used in music for centuries and that the lawsuit ignored the rest of the song, which builds over eight minutes.The judge disagreed, writing that the two songs had additional similarities including the bass line.The judge rejected Led Zeppelin's argument that it was too late to file a lawsuit, pointing out that the band released a remastered version of "Stairway to Heaven" in 2014 .
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