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June 23, 2016In the News

Jeff Brown quoted in "Jury sides with Led Zeppelin in 'Stairway to Heaven' lawsuit"

New York Post

Michael Best Attorney Jeffrey H. Brown was quoted in New York Post's article, "Jury sides with Led Zeppelin in 'Stairway to Heaven' lawsuit" on June 23, 2016.

Led Zeppelin swayed a Los Angeles jury Thursday to the belief that it didn’t lift the opening riff of one of rock’s most iconic songs, ending a legal drama that had been building for decades.

The jury, however, was not allowed to hear the original version of the song allegedly copied, but a rendition, because its copyright extends only to sheet music.

But it won’t end the debate over whether the legendary UK band appropriated the “Stairway to Heaven” introduction from a defunct California group.

“They’re done here,” Jeff Brown, an intellectual-property lawyer, said of the eight-day trial that had Zeppelin’s three surviving members — Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones — each take the stand.

“But the case is going to play out forever in bars, dorm rooms and whatever record stores are left,” the lawyer said.

Brown, who considered the verdict a close call, said it would have been closer had the jury heard a recording of “Taurus” — the song by the band Spirit that was allegedly plagiarized.

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