Page and Plant win

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Led Zeppelin have been cleared of charges of stealing the riff to “Stairway To Heaven” from the band Spirit.

A jury in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 23 cleared Robert Plant and Jimmy Page at the climax to the six-day trial.

In a joint statement following the verdict, Page and Plant said, “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. We appreciate our fans’ support, and look forward to putting this legal matter behind us.”

The bands label also issued a statement. “At Warner Music Group, supporting our artists and protecting their creative freedom is paramount. We are pleased that the jury found in favor of Led Zeppelin, re-affirming the true origins of ‘Stairway To Heaven’. Led Zeppelin is one of the greatest bands in history, and Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are peerless songwriters who created many of rock’s most influential and enduring songs.”

The case was brought on behalf of Spirit’s late guitarist, Randy Wolfe.

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