Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has dismissed accusations that “Stairway to Heaven” was plagiarized, deeming a recent lawsuit brought forth against the band as “ridiculous”.
Last week it was revealed that the trust for Randy California, the late frontman of Los Angeles band Spirit, was preparing a lawsuit against Zeppelin alleging that “Stairway to Heaven” was a rip-off of Spirit’s 1968 instrumental track “Taurus”. Zeppelin toured with Spirit throughout 1968 and 1969, during which “Taurus” was frequently included in the band’s setlist. Jimmy Page didn’t write “Stairway to Heaven” until 1970.
Speaking with French publication Liberation, Page called the lawsuit “ridiculous”, but said “I have no further comment on the subject.”
Meanwhile, the judge representing California’s trust, Francis Malofiy, has come under scrutiny for a different copyright infringement case he was involved in. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a federal judge has order sanctions against Malofiy after he behaved “in a flagrantly unprofessional and offensive manner” while bringing a lawsuit against Usher. The judge alleged that Malofiy misrepresented the case to his client and also made “sexist, abusive” remarks during the trial. Ultimately, the judge ruled in favor of Usher.