Neil Preston If you're a fan of Led Zeppelin, you're familiar with…
- Posted on Jun 30th 2010 9:00AM by Simon Jay Catling
Though the Yardbirds themselves never recorded a version, with Led Zeppelin it appeared on the group's self-titled LP but credited to Page, as well possessing a separate copyright; the guitarist has remained cagey about the track's origins ever since. Over 40 years on, the singer has decided that the song is in fact his, and so has launched a court case.
As so long has passed since the recording, Holmes can only claim damages and royalties for the last three years. According to The Guardian he's doing just that and asking for statutory damages of $150,000 (£100,000) per infringement, as well as actual damages and song profits. The track's appeared on at least two compilations in that time -- 2007's 'Mothership' and 2008's 'Definitive Collection' -- and so the total figure being claimed is likely to be around the $1 million (£666,000) mark; it is not clear why Holmes has waited so long to bring this to court. The case continues with Page yet to respond.