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A look at copyright lawsuits involving hit songs

A federal court jury in Los Angeles has decided that Led Zeppelin did not steal a riff for the intro of its epic hit, "Stairway to Heaven." Here is a look at some other cases that have taken pop songs from the recording studio to the courtroom over plagiarism allegations.


Delaware company VMG Salsoul owned the copyright to the song, "Ooh I Love It (Love Break)," and accused Madonna of stealing the horn segment for "Vogue." In a 2-1 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling dismissing the lawsuit. The divided court said the horn segment would be unrecognizable to the average listener of...