Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ in Copyright Trial … Copied From the Song “Taurus” by the Band Spirit

Stairway to Heaven the Court Room

Starting on Tuesday, a Los Angeles court will try to decide whether the members of the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin ripped off the riff from Stairway to Heaven. The copyright lawsuit was brought by the trustee of guitarist Randy Wolfe from the band Spirit. Attorneys for the trustee contend that 1971′s “Stairway to Heaven” stole the riff from the Spirit song “Taurus,” which Wolfe wrote in either 1966 or 1967. Wolfe died in 1997.

FOX News:

Generations of aspiring guitarists have tried to copy the riff from Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.”

Starting on Tuesday, a Los Angeles court will try to decide whether the members of Led Zeppelin themselves ripped off the riff.

The band’s guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant are named as defendants in the lawsuit brought by the trustee of guitarist Randy Wolfe from the band Spirit. Attorneys for the trustee contend that 1971′s “Stairway to Heaven” copies music from the Spirit song “Taurus,” which Wolfe wrote in either 1966 or 1967. Wolfe died in 1997, drowning while saving his son in Hawaii.

Page, Plant and their bandmate John Paul Jones are all expected to testify at the trial, though Jones has been dismissed as a defendant in the case.

Led Zeppelin and Spirit performed at some concerts and festivals around the same time, but not on the same stage.

U.S District Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled in April that evidence presented in hearings made a credible case that Led Zeppelin may have heard “Taurus” performed before their song was created.

We report, you make the call. Below are the videos of both songs ‘Taurus’ and ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ Hmm, the very beginning is rather similar, especially at the 44 second mark of Taurus. This is going to be a tough call to call and prove.

Spirit – Taurus

Led Zeppelin-Stairway to Heaven

UPDATE I: The copyright infringement lawsuit against Led Zeppelin of its classic “Stairway to Heaven” has now gone to the jury.

The copyright infringement lawsuit against Led Zeppelin over the songwriting credits and profits of its classic “Stairway to Heaven” has now gone to the jury, which began deliberations Wednesday morning.

In the sixth day of the case – “Michael Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin et al” (the “et al” referring to corporate defendants Atlantic Records, Rhino Records and Warner/Chappell Music) – both sides made final arguments in Court 850 of Los Angeles’ Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse. The presiding judge, Gary Klausner, allotted counsel representing the plaintiffs (the trust of Randy “California” Wolfe, whose composition “Taurus” for the band Spirit they allege has been plagiarized) and Zeppelin’s defense team 45 minutes each to convince the eight-person jury of their arguments.

9th CIRCUS Court of Appeals Court Rules No Constitutional Right to Carry Concealed Guns

9th CIRCUS COURT OF APPEALS AT IT AGAIN WITH THEIR LIBERAL BS

UNBELIEVABLE … Make no mistake about it folks, the liberals want to take away your guns. the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Thursday that people do not have a Second Amendment right to carry concealed weapons in public. The Second Amendment clearly states, A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Seems rather straight-forward, unless you are a liberal activist judge with an agenda.

2nd Aemendment

A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Thursday that people do not have a Second Amendment right to carry concealed weapons in public, in a sweeping decision likely to be challenged by gun-rights advocates.

An 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the 7-4 ruling, upholding a state law requiring applicants to show “good cause,” such as a fear of personal safety, to carry a concealed firearm.

The judges, further, definitively dismissed the argument that a right to carry a concealed weapon was contained in the Second Amendment.

“We hold that the Second Amendment does not preserve or protect a right of a member of the general public to carry concealed firearms in public,” Judge William Fletcher wrote in the majority opinion.

If challenged, it could set up a Supreme Court battle.

This should be more than enough to never vote for Hillary Clinton.

Jose Baez to Defend Aaron Hernandez in Double Murder Case

HE’S BACK … HMM, LOOKS LIKE A CERTAIN ATTORNEY WANTS MORE TV FACE TIME .

It would appear that Aaron Hernandez has hired new counsel for his double murder trial. Jose Baez, yes that Jose Baez, announced on Wednesday that he will be defending former New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez in his upcoming double-murder trial. Aaron Hernandez has already been convicted in 2015 of a murder in Massachusetts, is charged with shooting to death two men, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, in 2012 outside a Boston nightclub.

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A top Florida lawyer who stunned the nation when he won a murder acquittal for a mother accused of killing her toddler has taken on another high-profile, high-hurdle case.

Jose Baez announced Wednesday he was defending former New England Patriot standout Aaron Hernandez in his upcoming double-murder trial.

Baez, best known for his defense of Casey Anthony, said he realized Hernandez was the subject of much speculation in the court of public opinion — after being indicted in three homicides — but asked the public to keep an open mind “and let the facts unfold in a court of law.”

Of course we all know Jose Baez as the Florida defense attorney who gained fame during the Casey Anthony murder trial in 2011 where a just of fools inexplicably found the tot mom “not guilty as sin” of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. So what else would Hernandez have to lose than hiring Baez, he already got one murderer off Scott free. Hmm, better be careful Aaron, just how do you plan on paying for Jose’s services?

People have speculated why Baez would take such a case. Are you joking? Baez will get all the face time in the world as he has attached himself to a high profile case and there really is no expectation that he will win.

Daily Commentary – Monday, May 30, 2016 – More Craziness In the Media Surrounding the Casey Anthony Case

  • Private Investigator, Dominic Casey claims that Casey was trading sex for attorneys fee, that he saw Casey walking out of Baez’s office naked

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The Family of Kate Steinle Files Lawsuit Against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The family of deceased Kate Steinle has filed a federal lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, names the city and county of San Francisco, former county Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and the United States “for their failures to perform mandatory duties and/or for the unconstitutional and/or negligent acts and/or omissions of their officers, officials, agents and/or employees.” Kate Steinle was shot to death by 45-year-old Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez -on a San Francisco pier last summer. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez is an undocumented immigrant illegal alien and a repeat felon who has been deported five times to Mexico.

Kate Steinle

The fatal shooting of Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier last summer — allegedly at the hands of an undocumented immigrant deported five times from the United States — became a focal point of an angry national debate over illegal immigration.

On Friday, her family filed a federal lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, San Francisco County’s former sheriff, the federal Bureau of Land Management and the man who allegedly fired the deadly shot.

“Kate’s death was both foreseeable and preventable had the law enforcement agencies, officials and/or officers involved simply followed the laws, regulations and/or procedures which they swore to uphold,” the lawsuit said.

On the evening of July 1, 2015, Steinle was walking on a busy pier of the Embarcadero with her father when there was a single popping sound in the air. The 32-year-old medical device sales representative was shot in the chest, a bullet piercing her aorta, according to the lawsuit.
Her father, James, held her in his arms. “Help me Daddy,” were her last words to him, the lawsuit said. She died later at a hospital.

I so hope the family of Kate Steinle wins this lawsuit against San Francisco for their “sanctuary city” policies!!!

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