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2009-04-08

Coldplay Refuses Copying Joe Satriani's Song in Court


As it seems like the issues has gone quiet for sometime, but latest news just arrived again regarding the copyright infringement case between Coldplay and Joe Satriani as the case has now reached the L.A. court. According to Billboard.com, the English band's attorneys still denies any copyright issues that was addressed to them by the guitar virtuoso.

The band's attorney stated to the court that there are not enough similarities between Coldplay's "Viva la Vida" with Joe's "If I Could Fly" that could cause ingfridement issues. Moreover, the attorneys wen't on to attack, the guitar legend's song to be "lack of originality" and for that it shouldn't even received a copyright protection.

Meanwhile, answering this denial and insane counter attact, Joe's attorney Howard E. King replied that Coldplay's defense is a normal thing to be done in such case and also adding that the problem could've been easily done without any lawsuit. The case itself occured in December last year, as Joe suid the band, claiming that they have used "substantial, original portions" of his "If I Could Fly" song on their "Viva la Vida".

In a previous interview, Joe stated that he wasn't actually aware of the problem and it was his fans who tipped him off by mailing him and stating that Colplay's new track was so similar to his song. "from the minute their song came out, my e-mail box flooded with people going, 'Have you heard this song by Coldplay? They ripped you off man.' I mean, I couldn't tell you how many e-mails I received," Joe said to Music Radar.

Meanwhile, Coldplay themselves denies that they ripped off Joe's song in purpose and claims that any similirarities are purely a coincidence. Explaining it to the press, the band's vocalist Chris Martin said earlier, "If there are any similarities between our two pieces of music, they are entirely coincidental, and just as surprising to us as to him. Joe Satriani is a great musician, but he did not write or have any influence on the song Viva La Vida. We respectfully ask him to accept our assurances of this and wish him well with all future endeavors.








written by Dewa Nugraha

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