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Music Streaming Firm Spotify Faces $1.6 Billion Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Music streaming company Spotify was sued by Wixen Music Publishing Inc last week for allegedly using thousands of songs, including those of Tom Petty, Neil Young and the Doors, without a license and compensation to the music publisher. Wixen, an …

How Led Zeppelin ‘Stairway’ Win Could Affect Music Copyright Liability

Led Zeppelin’s victory over allegations the band stole the opening chords of “Stairway to Heaven” may reverse the swell in copyright infringement lawsuits over pop songs that followed last year’s “Blurred Lines” verdict. “‘Blurred Lines’ left everything wide open,” William …

Jury Backs Led Zeppelin in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Copyright Trial

Led Zeppelin won’t have to share royalties from one of rock-and-roll’s masterpieces after a jury found guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant didn’t steal the opening chords of “Stairway to Heaven” from an obscure 1968 instrumental. Thursday’s verdict followed …

Video-Sharing Site Vimeo Wins Appeal of Copyright Infringement Claim

Video-sharing website Vimeo LLC cannot be held liable for copyright infringement for unknowingly hosting older music uploaded by its users, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday, dealing a blow to record labels seeking broader protections. In a victory for …

‘Stairway to Heaven’ Copyright Trial Opens

The trial over whether Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant stole the iconic opening riff to “Stairway to Heaven” opened with testimony about when the British rockers might have heard the 1968 song they’re accused of copying. Jurors in …

Jury to Decide If Led Zeppelin Ripped Off ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Licks

Led Zeppelin founders Jimmy Page and Robert Plant lost their bid to avoid a trial that may rewrite the history of rock n’ roll over song-writing credit for the 1971 classic “Stairway to Heaven.” A federal judge in Los Angeles …

Judge Sets May Trial for ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Copyright Claim

The judge presiding over a lawsuit challenging the authenticity of Led Zeppelin’s signature song Stairway to Heaven rejected a bid to delay the case, setting the stage for a May trial — if it doesn’t get settled or dismissed before …

Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Leads Rock Legends to Courthouse

The surviving members of Led Zeppelin have all been questioned in a lawsuit that alleges their hit Stairway to Heaven was filched from an obscure song by the band Spirit. Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Robert Plant were each …