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Claiming that their longtime record company has shafted them when it comes to royalties on songs like Whole Lotta Love and Stairway to Heaven, Led Zeppelin has just filed this copyright infringement lawsuit against Atlantic Records. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and the heirs of late drummer John Bonham contend that Atlantic's licenses on 42 separate compositions have expired, but that the label has refused to pay increased royalty fees (which are now nearly four times the amount specified in copyright agreements entered into nearly 30 years ago). The songs in question make up the bulk of cuts on the group's first five albums, including its self-titled 1969 debut. While the lawsuit, filed in federal court in New York, does not specify damages, there can be little doubt that the dispute involves millions of dollars.

From: The Smoking Gun

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