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Appeal filed over Led Zep verdict in US

Press AssociationPress Association 27/07/2016 Laura Harding

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The verdict that cleared Led Zeppelin rockers Jimmy Page and Robert Plant in a plagiarism dispute over Stairway to Heaven has been appealed against.

The veteran British rockers were cleared by a US jury in June of plagiarising the song's famous guitar intro.

The jury in Los Angeles found the musicians did not lift the opening chords of instrumental track Taurus, written by American band Spirit, for their 1971 hit.

An appeal has now been made by Michael Skidmore, who filed the original lawsuit, the trustee of Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe.

Wolfe, who was known as Randy California, drowned in 1997 having never taken legal action over the song.

Following a week-long trial, a jury found that Taurus and Stairway To Heaven were not "extrinsically similar".

After the verdict, Page and Plant said the origins of Stairway To Heaven had been put "to rest".

Lawyers for Wolfe's trust had asked for him to be given a third credit for the hit song, which has earned millions of pounds since it featured on the album Led Zeppelin IV.

The court heard that Page and Plant had earned STG40 million ($A70 million) from Stairway To Heaven and other Led Zeppelin songs over the past five years.

After the verdict, Skidmore's lawyer Francis Malofiy said he was "disappointed" with the jury's ruling and "justice wasn't served".

Malofiy said the lawsuit had been brought 45 years after the release of Stairway To Heaven because of a change in the law in 2014.

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