Led Zeppelin’s Lawyers Claim Plaintiff’s Misrepresentation “In The Hope Of Tainting The Jury Pool”
Whole Lotta Copyright Issues
So by now I think we’re all quite familiar with the legal battle going on between Led Zeppelin and the camp of Spirit songwriter Randy Wolfe. Anyway, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page are being accused of copying the introduction to “Stairway to Heaven” from the 1968 “Taurus” instrumental. The trial will begin on June 14 and though there have been rumors that both the legendary band members will not be at court, their lawyers guaranteed that they will show up.
HOWEVER, an opposition brief which was filed by Led Zeppelin’s attorneys last Tuesday, May 24 states:
“Plaintiff’s motion is a PR stunt in the hope of tainting the jury pool. Despite being told that Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones fully intend to appear at the trial, plaintiff’s counsel misrepresented to the Court at the April 25, 2016 Pretrial Conference that Messrs. Page, Plant and Jones ‘are refusing to appear in this court in the claims against them,’ and plaintiff’s counsel repeated that misrepresentation to news cameras on the Courthouse steps, causing a flurry of press reports repeating plaintiff’s false accusation. When those reports died down, plaintiff triggered renewed reports of his misrepresentation by now filing a belated motion that is so devoid of merit it can only be seen as playing to the press.”
We’ll just have to wait and see how this case will go.