As expected by all intelligent people, British Legends Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” is not a copy of “Taurus” by American Sixties rock band Spirit. This decision was made by an eight-person Californian jury on Thursday June 23th 2016.
“Stairway to heaven” is a beacon from the past for generations to come: a landmark in music history.
“Taurus” is a very nice instrumental on Spirit’s self-titled debut album.
During the trial music experts made clear what every one can hear: the beginning of both songs is just a chromatic descending arpeggiated scale that skips the E note. This is a common musical element and more importantly is in the public domain. The defense argued that it has been used by many groups and composers, e.g. The Beatles and Mary Poppins. Continue reading