Rock sensation as Joe Satriani sues Coldplay for plagiarism

A few months back we posted a YouTube video that compares Satriani’s “If I could Fly” with Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida”. Now Joe is all over the mainstream media in the UK (don’t know about US) because he’s decided to go to court over the issue. This would be a sensational trial, my guess is that it’ll get settled out of court. But sensational free publicity for all concerned, especially Satch. In fact, deliberately or otherwise, the furore around the alleged plagiarism amounts to a worldwide media breakthrough for Joe;  millions of dollars worth of publicity has been obtained and the payback is likely to be a lot more radio plays, albums purchased and gig tickets sold as people who’ve never heard of him give his music a try.  Brilliant.

Listen to the video and judge for yourself.


4 Responses

  1. Sure there are similarities, but if musicians sued over the same chord progressions in songs everyone would be suing everyone else constantly.The two pieces of music are very different in their overall sound, Satriani’s being much more satisfying of course.

  2. its not the chords..its the MELODY. you cannot copyright chords. the meldoy though is THE SAME. anyone who does not realize that is just plain deaf.
    and melodies you can’t steal, it’s lyrics and melody what copyright is all about. period.

  3. This is much more than a case of similar chord progressions. In that case, you could argue that there hasn’t been an original piece of music written in 50 years. This is in the same key and it’s almost a note for note copy of Joe’s song. Probably more that just a “coincidence”.

  4. Coldplay respond:

    “In a statement released on Tuesday, the British band responded to a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by guitarist Joe Satriani last week. That lawsuit says the Grammy-nominated song contains “substantial, original portions” of his 2004 song, “If I Could Fly.”

    Says Coldplay: “If there are any similarities between our two pieces of music, they are entirely coincidental, and just as surprising to us as to him.”

    The statement goes on to say: “Joe Satriani is a great musician, but he did not write the song ‘Viva La Vida.’ We respectfully ask him to accept our assurances of this and wish him well with all future endeavours.”

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