Led Zeppelin Accused of Plagiarizing the Intro to “Stairway to Heaven”

led-zeppelinA lawyer representing Spirit guitarist Randy California is claiming that Led Zeppelin (pictured left) stole the intro of 1971’s “Stairway to Heaven” from Spirit’s 1968 song “Taurus.” Both songs can be heard below.

Attorney Francis Alexander Molofiy wants to stop the release of the reissue of Led Zeppelin IV. Molofiy said in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, “The idea behind this is to make sure that Randy California is given a writing credit on ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ It’s been a long time coming.”

Led Zeppelin is reissuing their first three albums–Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III–on June 3.

Spirit and California’s family have waited until now to challenge Led Zeppelin because they couldn’t afford to pay attorneys earlier.

Both bands played shows together in 1968 and 1969.


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  • Denny

    I like it. If I thought someone had plagiarized my work, I’d do what Randy California did….I’d lie in wait for 40 + years plotting my revenge attack! That’s the “Spirit.”

    • Rick Wilson

      Randy California died in 1985, imbecile!

  • Amy

    it is not the same similar but not the same

  • Ross McLeod

    NO, Randy you are california dreamin. Jimmy Page wrote a lot of great music and you are denied access to his coatails based on the scope of your small talent in comparison to one of musics great composers – not on any day did Jimmy Page copy you

  • Slim pickins

    OMG, they’re exactly the same. Said no one ever! Pretty sure you can’t trademark a progression in any case. In related news, anyone who’s ever done I IV V I should get a lawyer.

  • psuengineer84 .

    This is Bollocks.


    Close – but no.


    If you play them both at the same time when the guitars begin to play, it sounds pretty cool though…

  • Dylan Bell

    THAT’S BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!