Led Zeppelin? Rip-off Artist?

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Led Zeppelin.. Thieves?

After Watching “Everything is a Remix”: Part 1 , I learned that Led Zeppelin, one of the most popular English rock bands, is also popularly known as being  “rip-off” artists?

The “Everything is a Remix: Part 1” focus on a few of Led Zeppelin’s most famous song, like “Stairway to Heaven,” which was release in 1971. The opening of this song is very similar to the song “Taurus” by Spirit which was released 3 years before, it also looks at “Dazed and confused” (1967). This song is very similar to Jake Holmes an American bluesmen song also called “Dazed and confused” which was released 2 years prior.

I decided to do some more research and found out that Jake Holmes, the original artist of “Dazed and confused” sued Led zeppelin 20 years later because he claimed it was a copyright of his song. However, Jake Holmes never ended up receiving compensation, other than the songwriting credits for “Dazed and Confused” was changed to “Jimmy Page; Inspired by Jake Holmes”.

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After listening to both songs and reading the lyrics, whether or not the song actually infringes copyright it is very questionable. The fact that both songs have the same name is a bit suspect to me. However, in my opinion the songs are not similar enough to be considered “copied”,there for i think it could be considered a remix, because like many other artists I think that Led Zeppelin was inspired by this song but changed It to be their own.

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The overall guidelines regarding copyright infringement are very unclear. I think that if artist want to get inspiration from other songs is fine, as long as they give acknowledgement to the original artist, to avoid law suites and being considered a “rip-off artist”.

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Songs

Dazed and Confused:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTsvs-pAGDc Jake Holmes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehwSEVbBZl4-Led Zeppelin

Sources

Dazed and Confused by Jake Holmes

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2010/jun/30/led-zeppelin-sued-dazed-and-confused

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