Now is the right time to become an American Federation of Musicians member. From ragtime to rap, from the early phonograph to today's digital recordings, the AFM has been there for its members. And now there are more benefits available to AFM members than ever before, including a multi-million dollar pension fund, excellent contract protection, instrument and travelers insurance, work referral programs and access to licensed booking agents to keep you working.
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While Led Zeppelin did win the copyright war over “Stairway to Heaven,” it will not be compensated for its $800,000 in legal fees. In the ruling Judge R. Gary Klausner found that the copyright lawsuit against the band was not frivolous and that there was no indication that the plaintiff “harboured nefarious motives.” The plaintiff, trustee of the late Randy Wolfe (aka Randy California), had claimed that Jimmy Page and Robert Plant had lifted the introduction to “Stairway to Heaven” from an obscure instrumental that Wolfe wrote.