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Ready to Rock Out at Zeppelin ‘Stairway’ Trial? Try Sheet Music

  • Copyright jury won’t be comparing songs as YouTube mash-ups do
  • Case turns on composition, not sound and feel of recordings
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Anyone with Internet access can listen for themselves to whether Led Zeppelin’s opening “Stairway to Heaven” riff rips off a song recorded three years earlier.

But the jury deciding the fate of the rock masterpiece -- and its millions of dollars in royalties -- won’t hear a simple mash-up with the obscure 1968 instrumental “Taurus” by the group Spirit.