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Introduction

A California appeals court has ruled that plagiarism claims made by the estate of a little-known artist against Led Zeppelin and its record company and music publishers must be reheard.

Highlights

  • The appeals court decided that the district court abused its discretion by not allowing the track Taurus to be played in court to prove the Led Zeppelin members had access.

Features and Benefits

  • Details the decision by a California appeal court that a plagiarism case brought by the estate of a deceased member of the band Spirit against members of Led Zeppelin and the band's record company and music publisher should be reheard.
  • Explains why the case is being returned to district court level and the grounds on which that decision was made.

Key questions answered

  • What elements in the 2016 district court decision does the appeals court believe were incorrect?
  • What has the district court been instructed to do that was omitted in the first hearing?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Page, Plant, and Jones to reunite for California district court
  • Establishing copyright infringement
  • Three incorrect jury instructions

Appendix

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