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Led Zeppelin Will Not Recoup Legal Fees

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.