Putting Stairway on Trial: Led Zeppelin's Ripoff Defense in Four Songs

Led Zeppelin performing in London on Nov. 23, 1971 Photograph by Michael Putland/Getty Images

Led Zeppelin hasn’t responded yet to news that it faces a looming copyright infringement lawsuit over the band’s immortal classic rock anthem, and the allegations detailed in a recent Bloomberg Businessweek story haven’t been filed as court documents at this point. Yet with the help of fans and musicologists alike, it is possible to take a stab at what a defense of Stairway to Heaven might look like.

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