Led Zeppelin won a copyright infringement lawsuit Thursday that had been filed against the band's song "Stairway to Heaven." Plaintiffs in the case, the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust, failed to prove to a federal jury in California that the opening melody of "Stairway" was plagiarized by Jimmy Page and his band from Spirit's 1968 instrumental, "Taurus."
The lawsuit stood on shaky grounds when it was filed. In March of this year, Inquisitr reported three obstacles that the Wolfe Trust faced in the case.
"[Stairway to Heaven] includes a descending chromatic line chord progression and arpeggios, over which played an ascending line. I consider descending chromatic lines and arpeggiated chords basic skills learned by any student of the guitar. Certainly, as a guitarist, I was aware of descending chromatic lines and arpeggios long before 1968."