Led Zeppelin Didn’t Steal The ‘Stairway To Heaven’ Intro, Jury Rules

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Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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Led Zeppelin didn’t steal the introduction to their 1971 song “Stairway to Heaven,” a jury ruled Thursday.

A jury in Los Angeles ruled that the lead singer of the band Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page were not guilty of copyright infringement for their famous rock ballad from the song “Taurus” by the band Spirit, according to Entertainment Weekly. (RELATED: ury To Decide If Led Zeppelin Stole Intro To ‘Stairway To Heaven’)

Led Zeppelin was one of the worst offenders of hotel trashing, including drummer John Bonham riding a motorcycle in a hotel lobby. (Screenshot: YouTube)

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In a statement following the verdict Led Zeppelin said they were pleased with the results.

“We are grateful for the jury’s conscientious service and pleased that it has ruled in our favor, putting to rest questions about the origins of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and confirming what we have known for 45 years,” Page and Plant said in the statement. “We appreciate our fans support, and look forward to putting this legal matter behind us.”

The band members were accused of lifting the first two minutes of music patterns used in “Stairway To Heaven” from the band Spirit.

In the end the jury ruled that the “original elements of Spirit’s song are not intrinsically similar” to the famous rock song.