Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Live in Japan 1996.
Credits: QMI Agency
TORONTO - Being anaging multi-millionaire rock 'n' roll icon hasn't stopped Jimmy Page from fighting for his right to protect what he has created.
It was back in July of 2007 that the former Led Zeppelin guitarist was the star witness in the Glasgow trial of Robert Langley, a long-time Zeppelin fan accused of selling bootleg CDs and DVDs of live performances by the band.
Langley, who was ultimately convicted of trademark and copyright infringements, had been caught selling the items at a popular Scottish music fair, according to reports by the BBC.
"The legitimate part is where fans trade music, but once you start packaging it up and you do not know what you are getting, you are breaking the rules legally and morally," Page, now 69, reportedly told the court. "If you have something like this that appears legitimate, then it is just not right."
At the time, an official from the British Phonographic Industry called Langley, then 58, a "notorious" music pirate who had once dominated the small-time bootlegging scene.
Page's lawyer, George Fearon, told QMI Agency this week Page remains steadfast in protecting the Led Zeppelin brand and its music, as well as his own solo work and collaborations.
"(Page has) worked very hard over the years to develop a reputation in this business, and he wants to do what he can, when he can, to help enforce and protect the rights of himself and his colleagues," Fearon said from his office in New York.
"Jimmy is very meticulous about the quality of both audio and audio-visual recordings that represent his work."