Update: Here’s a comparison video
Coldplay has been sued by guitarist Joe Satriani in a copyright infringement case. Satriani claims the recent Coldplay hit “Viva La Vida” is a blatant rip off of his 2004 song “If I Could Fly.” The suit alleges that “substantial original portions” of his song were used in “Viva La Vida” and seeks profits and damages. Satriani hopes for a jury trial.
This is not the first plagiarism allegation against Coldplay for “Viva La Vida.” The band Creaky Boards accused Coldplay of lifting from their song “The Songs I Didn’t Write,” a claim Creaky Boards’ frontman later retracted, saying that both he and Martin were inspired by the “Fairy Theme” song from the Legends of Zelda video game.
If you listen to “If I Could Fly” you can definitely hear the similarities to “Viva La Vida.” MSat notes that the guitar solo sounds very similar to the chorus in “Viva La Vida,” and the rhythm guitar sounds like Coldplay’s keyboard arrangement. It’s very close, but whether it’s enough for Satriani to recoup losses or not is up to a judge, and maybe a jury, to decide.
Joe Satriani – “If I Could Fly”
Coldplay – “Viva La Vida”