One of the most famous songs in history may have been lifted from another band. "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin has made an estimated $562 million dollars.

Back in 1997, Spirit guitarist Randy California now deceased, said he thought his song "Taurus " was ripped off by Led Zeppelin. "Taurus" was released in 1968. "Stairway" was released in 1970. Not long after Led Zeppelin and Spirit were on tour together. Click here for the full story. 

According to the band’s bass player, Mark Andes, "Spirit always included “Taurus” in their sets. It was such a pretty moment,” said  to Businessweek. “It would typically come after a big forceful number and always got a good response.”

Judge for yourself! I don't think Zeppelin is the only band to rip off Randy California and Spirit.

Now compare it to "Stairway to Heaven."

There are some similarities. I think Cheap Trick also ripped off Spirit's "Nature's Way" with their 1988 hit "The Flame." Again, you be the judge.

Now, compare that to "The Flame" by Cheap Trick.

Why now?

"Nobody had any money, and they thought the statute of limitations was done,” Mick Skidmore, who manages California’s trust, explained to Businessweek.

Led Zeppelin is preparing to release remastered deluxe versions of their original albums, including “Stairway to Heaven.” Just in time to capitalize, California’s trust is finally springing to action with a copyright-infringement suit and an injunction that would block Led Zeppelin IV’s reissue.

Do you think Led Zeppelin should have to pay?

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