Jimmy Page is being sued by the man who wrote and first recorded the song Dazed And Confused.
Jake Holmes, an American folk singer, claims that Page and Led Zeppelin infringed his copyright, as his version came out two years prior to Zeppelin's more famous one, on their self-titled, debut album.
However, even if he is successful in this federal law suit (filed in California), Holmes could only claim money owed during the past three years, due to the statute of limitations.
The story started in 1967 when Holmes recorded this song for his debut album "The Above Ground Sound" Of Jake Holmes. What made it unusual was the whole record was done with just bass, guitar and vocals no drums.
Released in June 1967, the album wasn't at all well received, but on August 25 the same year, he supported The Yardbirds (featuring Page) when they played at the Village Theater in Greenwich Village, New York.
So impressed were the British band with the song that they decided to develop their own version. This was a much longer one, with Page using a violin bow on his guitar.
Although The Yardbirds never did a studio version of this, there have been a couple of live recordings put out. One from a French TV show in March 1968 (which cropped up on a live album released in 2000) actually has Holmes down as writing the song.
By the time Zeppelin recorded Dazed And Confused, Page had changed so much of the song lyrically and musically that he was credited as the sole writer. Holmes did try to contact Page, but with no luck. However, he always refused to take legal action until now.
You can make your mind up now as to whether Holmes' law suit has any validity