[Updated] Stairway to Inverse Ratio Rule Abrogation

Written by: Darian Hogan Edited by: Wil Rios & Lauren Landau Most of us are aware, at least passively, of the infringement kerfuffle surrounding Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and Spirit’s “Taurus.” What started as perhaps a standard infringement suit has dragged on and blossomed into a high-profile case considering seminal issues in music litigation such as infringement defenses, evidentiary issues, conflicts of law and standard-of-proof inquiries. Earlier this week, the 9th Circuit passed a landmark decision on this litigation, which has altered the future of infringement cases in the jurisdiction by abolishing what is colloquially referred to as...

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