There are many ways to look at the “Stairway To Heaven” riff controversy in which the estate of Spirit’s Randy California is suing Led Zeppelin for copyright infringement.
Randy California’s estate claims that Zeppelin borrowed the riff from Spirit’s ‘Taurus’. Some researchers from Digital Music News have unearthed a clip from a 17th century composer that bears resemblance to the riff in question which is public domain. Will this news blow this case wide open? Take a listen and make your own judgement.
The Giovanni Battista Granata clip (you can hear it at :32 seconds):
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