Page faces lawsuit over ‘Dazed and Confused’

August 2010

Music Publishing

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is facing a copyright infringement lawsuit with regards the band’s song ‘Dazed & Confused’. The origins of the 1969 Led Zepplin track have long been debated, because of its links to an earlier song by folk singer Jake Holmes. Popular comment has it that Page did start with Holmes’ track when he started work devising‘Dazed & Confused’ but by the time Page had finished devising the song, and Led Zepplin had recorded it, everyone involved seemed to think the guitarist had created a new piece of work in which a new copyright existed. The song was registered with US collecting society ASCAP as a new song penned by Page. The debate has resulted in a particularly active Wikipedia entry for the song, with different contributors taking different viewpoints on the relationship between the Holmes song and the Page song. Now forty years on, Holmes is claiming Page did take his song and in doing so infringed his copyright and according to the Guardian, Holmes has filed an infringement lawsuit against Page. Page is yet to respond.

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