The copyright battle over the iconic riff to “Stairway to Heaven” will not lead to the steps of the Supreme Court.
The court on Monday declined to take up a long-running legal fight over whether Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page plagiarized “Taurus,” a 1968 instrumental by the 1960s band Spirit, to create the riff for the classic 1971 rock ballad.
The high court’s decision not to hear the case leaves in place a decision from March in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld a jury verdict finding “Stairway” did not infringe on “Taurus,” according to Variety.
The suit was filed in 2014 by the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe, who drowned in 1997.
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