Coldplay Caught Stealing?

05Dec08

The big news today is that Coldplay is being sued by Joe Satriani for using some original riffs in the Viva La Vida song. Satriani is seeking some pretty hefty damages by demanding “any and all profits” for the plagiarism. This is not the first time Coldplay has been accused of stealing music, one example can here found here. Is it safe to say that Coldplay fans are more likely to side with their favorite band or will they demand an explanation? I’ll let you decide, watch the video then let me know what you think.

UPDATE: Record label EMI has asked YouTube to pull the clip. There is a new one posted here, we’ll see how long this one stays up.

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4 Responses to “Coldplay Caught Stealing?”

  1. 1 Simon

    Not a big Coldplay fan, but I dunno.. I kind of doubt they stole it from Satriani. He’s an amazing guitarist, so he should know it’s a pretty common melody. I’m sure we could find examples predating both of these songs.

    Here’s a video rant you might find interesting:

  2. 2 Simon

    PS – Do you know how I know you’re gay? 🙂

  3. 3 Dirk

    haha!

    One thing I struggle with is what one digg user mentioned, someone can’t claim rights to a G – C – D chord progression. Isnt that a pretty generic melody? And really is this considered stealing, or taking inspiration, what is original anymore?

    One thing not in working in Coldplay’s favor is this quote from Chris Martin that’s floating around:

    “We’re one of the world’s worst—but most enthusiastic—plagiarists as a band. We’ll try and copy anything but tend to fail, so we come up with something…that sounds like us—only through trying to sound like somebody else.”

  4. 4 Dirk

    Oh and can you repost that video? Its not showing up.


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