“Decades Later, ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Still in Dispute”
Randy California always said so. A guitar virtuoso discovered by Jimi Hendrix at age 15, California plucked a distinct guitar line on his band’s 1968 instrumental “Taurus” that reminds some of a guitar line from Led Zeppelin’s 1971 smash hit “Stairway to Heaven.” Until his death in 1997, California refused to sue. He just wanted an artist’s fair recognition: a liner credit, a thank you, and a significant footnote in rock-n-roll lore. Unconstrained by his quaint magnanimity, California’s estate sued Led Zeppelin for infringement in 2014.
Can the estate climb this stairway to a judgment in its favor? It’s a steep climb.