It was 2014 when Michael Skidmore, the man in charge of the estate of former Spirit guitarist Randy California, filed a lawsuit against Led Zeppelin in reference to their iconic track ‘Stairway to Heaven’.
The 1971 song is synonymous with Zep but Michael Skidmore has made the claim that the introduction to the hit was inspired by his client’s 1968 instrumental ‘Taurus’. The case had already been at trial in 2016 with a five-day continuous hearing when the LA jury ruled in Led Zeppelin’s favour. But now the case is heading back to trial.
According to Assoicate Press, a 3 judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appelas ruled that the Los Angeles judge had “provided erroneous jury instructions” back in the first trial.
With the LA Times reporting, the 9th Circuit ruled that the judge “should have told the jury that the selection and arrangement of some musical elements can violate copyright law.”
Let’s see how this one goes.