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Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page says he never heard song at center of copyright suit until recently

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page says he never heard song at center of copyright suit until recently

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page testified Wednesday that until a few years ago, he'd never heard a song the megastar band is accused of ripping off for the introduction to "Stairway to Heaven."

Page claimed he didn't even know he owned the album by the band Spirit that contained the short instrumental tune "Taurus" that has a guitar riff very similar to the intro of the classic 1971 rock ballad.

"Something like that would stick in my mind," Page told jurors in his defense during a copyright infringement trial in federal court. "It was totally alien to me."

A lawyer for the estate of Spirit's late guitarist, Randy Wolfe, also...

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