Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Targeted for Plagiarism

Lawyers representing the group Spirit claim song’s intro resembles their 1968 track “Taurus.” Attorney Francis Alexander Molofiy wants to prevent the release of the Led Zeppelin IV reissue when the time comes. “The idea behind this is to make sure that Randy California is given a writing credit on ‘Stairway to Heaven,'” Malofiy said. “It’s been a long time coming.”

In an interview with Listener magazine published the year of his death, California said he felt “Stairway to Heaven” was a “rip-off.” “The guys made millions of bucks on it and never said ‘Thank you,’ never said, ‘Can we pay you some money for it?'” he said. “It’s kind of a sore point with me. Maybe someday their conscience will make them do something about it.”

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