A US jury concluded that Led Zeppelin did not copy the opening chords of
‘Stairway To Heaven’ from the US band Spirit, saying the riff Led Zeppelin was accused of taking from Spirit’s 1967 song ‘Taurus’ “was not intrinsically similar” to Stairway’s opening. During the trial, defence lawyers argued the chord progression in question was very common and had been in use for more than 300 years.

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