Jimmy Page Addresses ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Lawsuit: ‘This is Ridiculous’
By Brian Ives
Jimmy Page has finally commented on last week’s news that Led Zeppelin is being sued by a trust representing the late Spirit frontman Randy California, claiming that Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” copied elements of Spirit’s “Taurus.”
And in typical Page fashion, he was short, sweet and to the point, certainly not masking his disinterest in the subject.
Whether or not a judge and jury finds similarities between the two songs, one thing that may work in Page’s favor, oddly enough, is the lawyer leading the plagiarism case: Francis Alexander Malofiy.
Malofiy recently lost a high-profile case for a client who was suing Usher for copyright infringement. More significant than the loss, though, was the sanctions memorandum that Judge Paul Diamond wrote about Malofiy following the suit (read the entire thing here). In it, Diamond wrote, “It is difficult to imagine more vexatious or unreasonable behavior,” and said Malofiy’s actions in regards to the case were “the paradigm of bad faith and intentional misconduct.”
He concluded by saying “Whether Malofiy should be removed from practice is a question properly answered in another forum.”