The case of the ripped-off riff.

led-zepA jury in Los Angeles has ruled in favor of Led Zeppelin in an action brought by the band Spirit, claiming that a few bars from one of Spirit’s instrumental songs was used in the intro to “Stairway to Heaven.” In a statement, Led Zeppelin bandleaders Jimmy Page and Robert Plant said, “We’re grateful for the jury’s conscientious service and pleased that it has ruled in our favor, putting to rest questions about the origins of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and confirming what we have known for 45 years.”