"Coldplay, no strangers to plagiarism accusations are now being sued by guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, as the guitarist is accusing the band of ripping off his 2004 track “If I Could Fly” for their own Grammy-nominated hit “Viva La Vida.” Satriani filed a copyright infringement suit against the band in Los Angeles yesterday, accusing Coldplay of stealing “substantial original portions.” The Satch is seeking a jury trial, damages and “any and all profits attributable to the alleged copyright infringement.” And considering the album and the single were among the biggest sellers this year, not to mention the centerpiece of an Apple iTunes campaign, Satriani stands to make a sizable profit if the jury agrees with him. However, Satriani’s lawyers will have to prove Coldplay somehow heard “If I Could Fly,” which may be a difficult task. That being said, the hook to “Viva” is almost exactly the same as the guitar lick in “If I Could Fly". Coldplay’s management has not yet commented on the case."
By the way, I wanted to show several videos with both songs that were in youtube until few days ago... but seems EMI seeked all those videos and claimed against them, so now there are no comparison videos.... I really dont understand it.. but seems EMI didnt like it and erased everything which compared both .. what is next now? erase the Joe Satriani's song?? bleh ;) poor coldplay guys...
Well I found a link that they didnt erase, seems a video taken from german news, but they make the comparison (check it before EMI comes!! XD):
Just one more question, will Coldplay fans start to buy Joe Satriani now? Though being a natural matter when discovering their idols are copying others to sell millions of albums.. something is telling me fans will not care too much.. and sure they will avoid or even defend those cheaters.
Coldplay sold 2 million albums in USA
They are nominated for 7 Grammies this year, including "album of the year" and "best recording" for this same "viva la vida".