Led Zeppelin did not copy the opening chords of Stairway to Heaven from the US band Spirit, a US jury has found.
It said the riff Led Zeppelin was accused of taking from Spirit’s 1967 song Taurus “was not intrinsically similar” to Stairway’s opening.
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant said they were grateful to “put to rest questions about [its] origins… confirming what we have known for 45 years”.
The case was brought on behalf of Spirit’s late guitarist, Randy Wolfe.
During the trial, defence lawyers argued the chord progression in question was very common and had been in use for more than 300 years.
The prosecution had argued Led Zeppelin became familiar with Spirit’s song after the two bands played on the same bill at a club in Plant’s hometown in Birmingham in 1970, a year before Stairway to Heaven was released in 1971.