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Led Zeppelin Judge Declines to Dismiss Stairway to Heaven Copyright Suit

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Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin.

Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin.

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A lawsuit claiming that Stairway to Heaven was filched from an obscure song by the band Spirit has survived its first legal challenge.

The Philadelphia judge in the copyright infringement case against Led Zeppelin ruled yesterday that the suit shouldn't be dismissed and instead ordered it transferred to federal court in Los Angeles.