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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Coldplay Pays Off Satriani For “Viva La Vida” Copyright Controvery

The ongoing controversy of copyright issues surrounding Coldplay’s title track “Viva La Vida” has finally been settled outside of court. Guitarist Joe Satriani initially sued Coldplay for copyrights, claiming his 2004 song “If I Could Fly” was beyond similar to the Grammy award-winning “Viva La Vida.”

Satriani claimed he put blood, sweat, and tears into his song and was torn apart to see the credit stripped from him without justice.
Last December, the little-known Satriani decided that he needed to take action against the big boys, Coldplay, and make a public spectacle that could result in the loss of Coldplay’s songwriting credibility.

Like most filthy rich artists, Coldplay made the decision to settle the matter with Santriani behind media lines. There is no evidence at this time of a payoff, but one can only expect that a hefty amount of dough was dished Santriani’s way to keep quiet. Unfortunately, this makes me question Coldplay’s integrity and wonder if, had the issue been settled in court, Santriani would have taken the victory.

-Marie Baginski
Currently listening to “Pardon Me” by Incubus

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