Joe Satriani sues Coldplay for plagiarism

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Grammy nominees Coldplay have been sued by rock guitarist Joe Satriani, who claims the band's song Viva La Vida uses one of his riffs.
In court papers filed in Los Angeles on Thursday, he said the song used "substantial original portions" of his 2004 instrumental If I Could Fly.
Satriani, 52, wants a jury trial and is seeking damages and "any and all profits" for the alleged plagiarism.
Coldplay are shortlisted for seven Grammys, including song of the year.
Viva La Vida is credited to the band's four members - singer Chris Martin, bass player Guy Berryman, guitarist Johnny Buckland and drummer Will Champion.
The song's title was inspired by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
It appeared on the album Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends - which was released in June and went to number one in 36 countries - and was also one of their hit singles.
Satriani's track appears on his album Is There Love in Space?


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Harsh reality is, very few people really understand the talents of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Frank Zappa and all......I ve heard both songs and i support Satrianiz claim


cant believe Coldplay would do such a thing:(. Heard Satriani`s instrumental version and well he`s gonna be richer now.


well, if coldplay have plagiarized from anyone they have to pay other way out.

but isn't there a bit of harsher reality that everyone is inspired by one or the other and that there is nothing that can be claimed to be completely original!!
everyone gets inspired by someone else ... some pay up for it.. others dont.


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getting inspiration and copying is different, eg....Steve Vai was a student of Joe Satriani, u can feel that by listening thr songs, they have lil similarities.....but similarity to such an extent(as above) is not present..similar thing happened to Krazzy 4 song....
But yes its true that today we are not finding many originals like Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Eric Clapton, Zappa, Vai, Satriani and all
^^You forgot to add Kirk Hammett and Tony Iommi. Iommi is one of the BEST riff composers ever. All his riffs rock, and its a miracle how high he reached with two fingers missing due to an accident from his hand.
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