Led Zeppelin Loses First Round in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Lawsuit

Led Zeppelin Loses First Round in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Lawsuit by being stuck in Pennsylvania. For those that don’t know, Led Zeppelin is being sued by the heirs of Randy Craig Wolfe, founding member of the band Spirit, over allegedly having ‘Stairway to Heaven’ stolen by Jimmy Page.

While that part of the case is a far ways off, Led Zeppelin challenged the jurisdiction of being sued in Pennsylvania.

The individual defends are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at home here.”

In response the plaintiff stated:

“Defendants are subject to specific jurisdiction in this district because they make millions of dollars from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by directly targeting this district for the exploitation of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ through CD sales, digital downloading, radio and television play, advertising, marketing, concert performances, other performances, licensing, and otherwise targeting resident individuals and businesses to profit off the exploitation of ‘Stairway to Heaven.’”

U.S. District Court Judge Juan Sánchez has denied the motion to transfer.

This is not the only music case in courts currently. Read about how SiriusXM is losing its own case. And let us know what you think about Led Zeppelin being stuck in Pennsylvania. Does it seem a little strange British rockers are stuck there?

Neil is the former Online Editor for Making Music Magazine and tested his skill with tickling the ivories once, but since having been part of the team at Making Music, he might give it a second try.

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