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ENTERTAINMENT LAW & FINANCE

Suing Led Zeppelin
Can a Copyright Infringement Plaintiff Rewrite Rock and Roll History?

This article examines the allegations of Spirit that Led Zeppelin copied the introductory descending guitar figure in "Stairway to Heaven" from its 1968 instrumental, explains why the suit is not stale despite being brought 42 years after the release of "Stairway," and discusses the challenges that the plaintiff must overcome if he is to prevail in the litigation.

INTERNET LAW & STRATEGY

Aereo: The Uncertain Limits of What the Supreme Court Decided

On June 25, 2014, a 6-3 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court held that Aereo's streaming service — which allowed customers to view over-the-air TV broadcasts via the Internet — violated the broadcasters' public performance right under the Copyright Act. Applying what the dissent derided as "an improvised standard ('looks-like-cable-TV')," the majority held that Aereo infringed copyrights owned by the television networks.

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