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Zeppelin News Round-Up: Latest “Stairway” Appeal, Page Appearing On The BBC

Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" publisher Warner/Chappell Music still wants its money back from the recent plagiarism case that came out in the group's favor.

After a jury ruled that Zep's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant did not steal the Spirit instrumental "Taurus" for the opening of "Stairway," Warner/Chappell filed to have the plaintiff reimburse $800,000 in legal costs for the case. U.S. District Court Judge Gary Klausner, who heard the plagiarism case, denied the motion, but Warner/Chappell is now appealing that decision, saying that "extensive and ongoing litigation misconduct" merits the compensation.

Attorneys for the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California have said they plan to appeal the plagiarism ruling, but so far none has been filed.

...Jimmy Page, meanwhile, has announced he'll appear on the season-opening episode of BBC's "Later With Jools Holland." The show films on September 13, a half-hour of which will be broadcast live, with the full-hour episode premiering on September 16.

Page won't be performing but rather discussing Led Zep's upcoming Complete BBC Sessions, which comes out September 16.

"Later" is seen on BBC America in the U.S.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.