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Joe Satriani Sues Coldplay For Plagiarism (Audio Comparison)

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Guitar virtuoso, 52 year old Joe Satriani has filed a lawsuit against the British band Coldplay, charging that a 'substantial original portion' of their song Viva La Vida is strikingly similar to his 2004 instrumental If I Could Fly. 

It was just announced that Coldplay has received seven Grammy nominations for their album Viva La Vida.

The copyright infringement suit was filed in Los Angeles federal court on December 4.  Satriani has asked for a jury trial, damages and profits from Viva La Vida.

Check out a comparison below and see what you think.


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Coldplay responds here.

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This gave Satrianin a come back because he was nothing. Somebody compared him to Hendrix, What a joke. He's boring. Coldplay is the future.

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Songs are identical except for pick ups. It could have been inadvertent, but coldplay should own up, and be the gentlemen that they should be.

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The most suspicious thing about all of this is WHY did Joe Satriani wait SIX MONTHS after the release of the album to conveniently sue them right when the GRAMMY's where announced? I mean, he was quoted as saying that the first time he heard the song he knew it was his song... so why wait so long to sue?? I think the whole thing is to get himself in the limelight...

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Honestly, that's shameful...Depends on who has the best lawyer though.

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Satrianin is no one hit wonder or small time bum. He is a guitar legend and has enormous respect in the biz. I hope he wins against these frauds, who lets face it, have been ripping off U2's sound for years. As far as Coldplay's lyrics go, they may be loved by fans, but inside the industry they are regarded as complete fluff - a joke.

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I saw this too! You're right it isn't the first time Coldplay has been accused of stealing, it's shameful that they would do something like that. It looks like he stole the vocal melody from the first video, and then stole Satriani's melody for the song... He/they deserve what they get. Satriani is a legen, and to the idiot "Coldplay fan" Satriani is not "and old guitar" anything, he is a LEGEND. Jesus is old, do you want to take him out and bring in a new religion? Yeah Stupid example, but I'm sick... and at work... happy day without a gay! lol

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Sorry, there's nothing so original about that chord progression & melody that two musicians couldn't come up with it independently.

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What about the song by the Creaking Boards?It is even closer to the coldplay song than Joe's!Howard played them back to back on his show and it was obviously the same song.I doubt they have the lawyer muscle of Joe though.Who knows,FTW.

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they should squash the squable and cold play should give joe credit (and money ) where credit is due and then they should record this song together with joe on the guitar it would make cold plays song a thousand times better satriani kicks a^&

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WOW SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ripped off

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