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Jury ends first day of 'Stairway' deliberations


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Los Angeles jury has gone home for the day without reaching a verdict in a copyright lawsuit that claims Led Zeppelin's guitarist and singer stole a riff from the band Spirit for their 1971 hit "Stairway to Heaven."

After closing arguments concluded Wednesday morning, the jury deliberated for several hours before leaving in late afternoon. Deliberations are scheduled to resume Thursday morning.

Attorneys for the estate of the late Randy Wolfe, founder of Spirit, claim Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant stole the opening riff from the 1968 song "Taurus."

Led Zeppelin lawyer Peter Anderson says any copyright lawsuit should have been brought back when "Stairway to Heaven" came out in 1971.

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