This past weekend, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page broke his silence on the ongoing lawsuit brought by Spirit against the band with a statement on Facebook. Currently, the lawsuit has been denied with the judge presiding over the case saying that there was no copyright infringement, saying that Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven and Spirit's Taurus have a similar chord progression.

Having said that, the judge ruled that there were no other similar aspects, and stated that chord progressions can not be copyrighted and therefore, dismissed the case.

Spirit has already filed an appeal against the ruling. So far, a representative for Led Zeppelin has yet to comment on the appeal.

Page: thanks for the "positive energy"

Writing on his official Facebook page, the Led Zeppelin guitarist thanked fans for the "positive energy" they had given him during the entire trial, going on to say:

"A few weeks have passed since the judgment of the Stairway to Heaven case in Los Angeles, with the jury reaching a unanimous decision in a remarkably short time.Throughout the lengthy journey to that verdict, and even more recently, I have received and been aware of the overwhelming wave of support, encouragement and congratulations that [have] been deeply moving.

I'd like to take this opportunity to personally thank all those who contributed such a positive energy to me."

Attorneys for Michael Skidmore, who represents the estate of late Spirit guitarist Randy California, filed the paperwork for the appeal on July 23, exactly one month after a federal jury declared the Stairway to Heaven co-writers, Page and singer Robert Plant, the victors in the suit. It has been reportedthat he is disputing not only the ruling but also any "interlocutory" – or provisional – legal rulings and decisions that were made over the course of the legal proceedings.

Jury said the similarities between Stairway To Heaven and Taurus aren't enough

During the trial,jury stated that it is of course possible that the group had heard that song, there certainly would have been access to it. They listened to the opening of Stairway to Heaven and decided that the two were not similar enough to be charged with copyright infringement. Plant said, "We are 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".

The song has made an estimated $500 million since its release in 1971.

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