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Canadian retailers remove Led Zep DVD from shelves after bootleg claim

By | Published on Wednesday 4 September 2013

Led Zeppelin

HMV and Best Buy in Canada have pulled a DVD featuring a Robert Plant and Jimmy Page concert filmed in Japan in 1996 after Page’s lawyer declared the release an unofficial bootleg.

According to the QMI Agency, the boss of HMV Canada said they had been initially assured the DVD was legit by distributor Koch Entertainment, but a spokesman for the retailer has said they are now removing the product while they investigate further. Meanwhile Page’s lawyer George Fearon told the news agency “it is a bootleg”.

QMI reckons the content on the DVD, which is currently available in the UK on import via Amazon, is taken from a video of the Japanese concert recorded by Led Zeppelin fan Terry Stephenson. He says he had permission to make the recording, and shared copies of it with the band themselves as well as some other fans, but that the film was never intended for commercial release.