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Led Zeppelin loses fight for legal fees in ‘Stairway’ case

Led Zeppelin may have won the copyright war over its creation of “Stairway to Heaven,” but it lost its battle Monday to recoup nearly $800,000 in defense fees.

The guitar riff Led Zeppelin used in the 1971 classic “Stairway to Heaven” differed substantially from one the English band was accused of stealing from the US group Spirit, a jury found on Thursday in a copyright infringement trial in Los Angeles.

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Led Zeppelin goes on trial in LA

A musical riff Led Zeppelin is accused of stealing from another band for its 1971 classic “Stairway to Heaven” was not unique, singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page’s attorney said at a civil trial on Tuesday.

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