Tuesday, April 12, 2016

U.S District Judge R. Gary Klausner rejects "falsification of history" claim but the case against Led Zeppelin will proceed

An NPR post titled 'Stairway To Heaven' Plagiarism Suit Heads To Trial includes the text:

Among the claims in the lawsuit against Led Zeppelin: that the band perpetrated a "falsification of Rock n' Roll History." In his order, Klausner finds that claim "inventive—yet legally baseless," saying that he diligently sought out anything that might support the theory.

IPBiz is reminded of the Dastar case.


The "Stairway to Heaven" trial is set to begin on May 10, and the plaintiff's attorney, Francis Alexander Malofiy, has said that he's seeking a songwriting credit for Wolfe. A favorable finding could also bring a share of the song's profits — by 2008, it had reportedly earned $562 million.


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