& # 39; Stairway To Heaven & # 39; is at the center of the ongoing feud.
U.S. The Department of Justice has sided with Led Zeppelin in a long-standing copyright feud surrounding their iconic hit & # 39; Stairway To Heaven & # 39 ;.
The British rock giants initially prevailed back in 2016 when a Los Angeles jury ruled that & # 39; Stairway To Heaven & # 39; Not Infringed & # 39; Taurus & # 39 ;, an instrumental track first tied by late Spirit guitarist Randy California to the band's debut album from 1968.
The case reopened when a San Francisco court subsequently ruled that a previous trial should have heard the two songs, rather than a jury giving their verdict based on the musical score or sheet music showing chords and scale.
However, the rock giants have now been backed by the Justice Department after they filed a lawsuit Thursday supporting Led Zeppelin against the allegation that the song stole stole "the guitar line and tune" from Spirit's original song.
In the recently filed brief, the Justice Department says the original trial judge was correct in stating that only the song's nodes were subject to copyright protection when the song itself was written before a 1972 law protecting audio recordings.
They added that the disputed sections of the song are worth protecting only if they sound identical, under which reasoning Led Zeppelin would appear victorious once again.
Earlier this month, the case received yet another high profile when members of Korn, Tool, Judas Priest, Linkin Park and several other bands signed a brief in support of Led Zep.
Case & # 39; Stairway To Heaven & # 39; will be heard on the week of September 23 in San Francisco.
It reiterates the recent case against Katy Perry and her associates who claim to track & # 39; Dark Horse & # 39; & # 39; copies & # 39; an older rap song, & # 39; Joyful Noise & # 39 ;.
The case of Dark Horse was finalized last month, with the court ordering Perry, her partners and her label to pay more than £ 2m. In replacement.