Judge approved settlement in ‘Happy Birthday’ copyright case

July 6, 2016

U.S. District Judge George King approved the agreement Monday. It ends the ownership claims of Warner/Chappell Music, the music publishing company that has been collecting royalties on the song for years. LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has approved a settlement that will put “Happy Birthday to You” in the public domain. The company has agreed to pay back $14 million to those who have paid licensing fees to use…

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Led Zeppelin lawyers asked judge to toss ‘Stairway’ case

The estate of Randy Wolfe, founder of the band Spirit, failed to prove it owned the copyright to his 1968 song “Taurus” or that it was substantially similar to “Stairway,” attorney Peter Anderson said. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Led Zeppelin’s lawyers asked a judge Monday to throw out a case accusing the band’s songwriters of ripping off a riff for “Stairway to Heaven.” “Plaintiff rested and failed to carry his…

June 23, 2016
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Zeppelin’s bassist Jones testifies for bandmates – The Latest

June 23, 2016

Led Zeppelin’s bassist said he was unfamiliar with the band Spirit as he testified in support of his bandmates in a copyright infringement trial in Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the copyright lawsuit involving Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” (all times local): John Paul Jones said Friday that he never met the band Spirit or heard them play, and he didn’t own their albums. The estate…

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‘Stairway’ may be worth millions – All that glitters is gold

June 23, 2016

Jones said he never heard the band Spirit play, never met them and didn’t own any of their albums. LOS ANGELES (AP) — The surviving members of Led Zeppelin were reunited Friday in a Los Angeles courtroom as bassist John Paul Jones testified in defense of his bandmates in a high-stakes copyright lawsuit that claims the band ripped off a riff used in “Stairway to Heaven.” The estate for Spirit’s…

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The origin of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ questioned at copyright trial

June 15, 2016

A lawyer for the estate trustee of the late Randy Wolfe, also known as Randy California, claimed the British rockers lifted the passage from the instrumental tune “Taurus,” recorded by his band Spirit, and infringed on the songwriter’s copyright. LOS ANGELES (AP) — The opening to Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” one of rock ‘n’ roll’s best-known ballads, was played for jurors Tuesday in a case brought by the estate…

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