"The idea behind this is to make sure that Randy California is given a writing credit on 'Stairway to Heaven,' " Malofiy tells Bloomberg Businessweek. "It's been a long time coming."
There's also a bit of money involved: Conde Nast Portfolio magazine in '08 estimated the song had earned more than $562 mil.
Fans for years have pointed out the similarity between the two songs, California told Listener magazine shortly before his death in '97. "I'd say it was a rip-off," he said. "And the guys made millions of bucks on it and never said thank you."
Malofiy's filing comes at an opportune time: Led Zep is expected to bag a whole lot of fresh money this summer when it releases new versions of its albums.
Malofiy, a graduate of Temple Law School, was unavailable for further comment. Led Zep reps had yet to comment.
Johnny Weir violent?
There's trouble again in local hero-skater Johnny Weir's marriage to Victor Voronov less than two weeks after they reconciled. Voronov on Tuesday told Inside Edition that Weir violently attacked him Saturday night.
"All of the attacks came from his fingernails," Voronov said. "He has long fingernails. Big fingernails."
No comment from Weir, though it appears he has deleted the tweet that first announced he and his hub were back together.
No Paul for Japan
Paul McCartney on Tuesday announced he's canceling his entire Japan tour. Seems the 71-year-old musician is still not feeling well after he was felled last week by a virus.