Stairway to a legal claim
Written by Michael Coyle on 17 April 2016« Return to Reading Room
U.S. district judge Gary Klausner declared that there was a case to answer and that it should go before a jury:-
"While it is true that a descending chromatic four-chord progression is a common convention that abounds in the music industry, the similarities here transcend this core structure. For example, the descending bass line in both "Taurus" and "Stairway to Heaven" appears at the beginning of both songs, arguably the most recognizable and important segments. Additionally, the descending bass line is played at the same pitch, repeated twice, and separated by a short bridge in both songs."
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