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The good people at Indie-Scribable on plagiarism: Led Zeppelin got lucky!
Maybe you’ve heard that Led Zeppelin was in hot water over having, just maybe, stolen “Stairway to Heaven” from a band called Spirit. Specifically their song, “Taurus.” Now, I’ve listened to both songs (so you don’t have to), and I must say it’s hard to get through “Stairway” at this late date. Anyway, my analysis (and the jury’s too, apparently) is that the only possible copyright infringement is in the opening chord progression. “Stairway” sounds quite a bit like “Taurus” (which came first, obviously), but it departs from the “Taurus” progression after a couple of bars. You could make the case that the two songs are similar, but I don’t think outright theft is going on here. In fact, “Stairway” really is a much better song.
I bring this up because it’s a lot easier to make the case against plagiarism in writing, and that’s a sin you don’t want…
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