This case could be potentially DEVASTATING, with respect to music copyright protection.
This case asserts that Jimmy Page, of Led Zepplin, lifted the guitar riffs from “Stairway to Heaven” from an earlier song, “Taurus”, by Randy “California” Wolfe, of the band Spirit. The bands toured together.
Where do we draw the line between influenced by another’s sound, and outright copying?
Please protect your work, stand your ground and don’t give up. Become publishers, own your masters (Prince went through creative HELL to help us with this), and be listeners of ALL music, across all platforms. You never know where you may find YOUR music, sans YOUR permission.
Skidmore v Led Zeppelin et al, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 16-56057.