Copyright Trial Over Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Starts in L.A. Courtroom

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The civil trial against Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page begins Tuesday as the pair face accusations that the opening chords from the band’s iconic “Stairway to Heaven” were stolen from another band’s work.

A courtroom sketch by Mona S. Edwards shows Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page in a downtown Los Angeles federal courtroom during the copyright trial over "Stairway to Heaven" on June 14, 2016.

A courtroom sketch by Mona S. Edwards shows Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page in a downtown Los Angeles federal courtroom during the copyright trial over "Stairway to Heaven" on June 14, 2016.

Michael Skidmore brought the suit, alleging the song lifted its famous riff from the 1967 song “Taurus” by the band Spirit. Skidmore is working as a trustee for the late Randy Wolfe, better known as Randy California, Spirit guitarist and composer of “Taurus.”

Opening arguments are scheduled to begin once jury selection is completed. It’s unknown whether or not Plant or Page will testify as the trial proceeds.

Here’s what you need to know about the lawsuit levied in connection with one of the more legendary rock songs of all time:

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Robert Plant, left, and Jimmy Page are seen in a sketch by Mona S. Edwards appearing in a Los Angeles federal courtroom on June 14, 2016.

Robert Plant, left, and Jimmy Page are seen in a sketch by Mona S. Edwards appearing in a Los Angeles federal courtroom on June 14, 2016.