The complaint for copyright infringement was filed in the name of Randy California, the Spirit guitarist who died in 1997, by a trust and bassist Mark Andes, founding member of Spirit, the band that accuses Led Zeppelin of plagiarism.
According to statements made by Francis Alexander Malofiy, the lawyer for a foundation bearing the name of the late artist, the famous guitar arpeggios that make up the beginning of the song “Stairway to Heaven” were copied from the song “Taurus,” composed by Randy California for an album with the same title released in 1968.
“The idea behind this is to make sure that Randy California is given a writing credit on ‘Stairway to Heaven,'” Malofiy said.
“Stairway to Heaven,” which lasts eight minutes, was included on a 1971 untitled album of the British band, known as “Led Zeppelin IV,” that generated 562 million dollars by 2008, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page claims to have written “Stairway to Heaven” in 1970, in a cottage in Wales.
Led Zeppelin members said they would not comment.