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Zeppelin’s Cheeky Response To “Stairway” Lawsuit

Led Zeppelin and their legal team have finally responded to the “Stairway To Heaven” copyright infringement lawsuit filed against them, and it’s hilarious.

Per, a legal response from Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones has officially been filed, and the three surviving members of Zeppelin have denied every single claim that they ripped off the song “Taurus” by the band Spirit, who Zeppelin coincidentally opened for on tour in 1968.

They did, however, agree whole-heartedly with one claim in Spirit’s lawsuit and responded to it as follows:

“Answering paragraph 11 of the First Amended Complaint, including the First Amended Complaint’s footnote 1, Defendants admit that Led Zeppelin has been called one of the greatest bands in history and its member were and are exceptionally talented.”

After a response like that, we have three takeaways:

  1. Clearly, Zeppelin aren’t taking this lawsuit too seriously.
  2. They are well aware of their talent and legend.
  3. We have a funny feeling that the Spirit camp won’t be very amused by this response.

Oh…aren’t lawsuits so much fun?!


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.