Joe Satriani Accuses Coldplay Of Plagiarism

Did you hear about how everybody wrote “Viva La Vida” before Coldplay wrote “Viva La Vida”? This summer Creaky Boards took to the internet to take the public’s temperature on their claim of having written a preexisting song substantially similar to Coldplay’s iTunes anthem. According to Reuters, today’s allegation is a little more legal…

Satriani’s copyright infringement suit, filed on Thursday in Los Angeles federal court, claims the Coldplay song “Viva La Vida” incorporates “substantial original portions” of his 2004 instrumental “If I Could Fly.”

The 52-year-old guitar virtuoso is seeking a jury trial, damages and “any and all profits” attributable to the alleged copyright infringement.

And according to YouTube, it’s a little more substantially similar:

To prove an allegation of musical plagiarism, Plaintiff Satch must demonstrate that Defendant Coldplay had access (hello iTunes, hello irony) to his work, and that Coldplay’s composition is substantially similar (hello identical melodic motif and chord progression). Seems Joe’s got a case, at least, for a moment there it does sound like a shred-version of Coldplay. It’d help Chris Martin’s cause if his song was built of more than one chord movement. Viva and learn. If this doesn’t work out, Joe, there’s always Creaky Boards to sue.