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NEW YORK, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- A lawsuit claiming Led Zeppelin plagiarized "Stairway to Heaven" moved forward after a move for dismissal failed.
The suit claims the band stole the song from Randy Craig Wolfe -- aka Randy California -- founder of the band Spirit. Now his heirs are suing for credit and royalties to the iconic rock song.
"What happened to Randy California and Spirit is wrong. Led Zeppelin needs to do the right thing and give credit where credit is due. Randy California deserves writing credit for "Stairway to Heaven" and to take his place as an author of Rock's greatest song," said the plaintiffs in their complaint.
The representation for Led Zeppelin challenged the suit, saying Pennsylvania courts had no jurisdiction in the matter.
"The individual defendants are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at home here," they wrote in a memorandum to dismiss.
U.S. District Court Judge Juan Sanchez denied the motion to dismiss without prejudice, opening the door for Led Zeppelin's attorneys to ask for dismissal again.
The group's first album, Spirit, was released in 1968. "Mechanical World" was released as a single (it lists the playing time merely as "very long"). The album was a hit, reaching No. 31 on The Billboard 200 and staying on the charts for over eight months. The album displayed jazz influences, as well as using elaborate string arrangements (not found on their subsequent recordings) and is the most overtly psychedelic of their albums.
They capitalized on the success of their first album with another single, "I Got A Line On You". Released in November 1968, a month before their second album, The Family That Plays Together, it became their biggest hit single, reaching No. 25 on the charts (#28 in Canada). The album matched its success, reaching No. 22. They also went on tour that year with support band Led Zeppelin, who were heavily influenced by Spirit—Led Zeppelin played an extended medley during their early 1969 shows that featured "Fresh Garbage" among other songs, Jimmy Page's use of a therein has been attributed to his seeing Randy California use one that he had mounted to his amplifier, and Led Zeppelin is thought to have adapted the iconic opening riff for "Stairway to Heaven" from the Spirit's tune "Taurus". In 2014, Mark Andes, and a trust acting on behalf of Randy California, filed a copyright infringement suit against Led Zeppelin in an attempt to obtain a writing credit for "Stairway To Heaven".
In music, sampling is the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a sound recording in a different song or piece.
originally posted by: Zcustosmorum
a reply to: blackcatmagic
Don't get me wrong, Zepp were a great band, but: