Joe Satriani has sued the British band Coldplay Thursday accusing them of copyright infringement. In the lawsuit, the rock-guitar legen Satriani contended that the band’s song “Viva la Vida” used “substantial original portions” of his music on the track, “If I could fly”.
The lawsuit was filed in the federal court of Los Angeles a day after Coldplay made headlines for being nominated in several Grammy Awards, including “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year”. The track in question is the most successful of Coldplay’s entire career, which went up to the #1 in the UK charts when the song was released in June. Just last month, Coldplay has been declared as the world’s biggest-selling music act of the year at the World Music Awards.
However, this isn’t the first time Coldplay faced such a claim. When Viva La Vida was released in June, an American band Creak Boards implied in a YouTube video that Coldplay copied their song “Songs I Didn’t Write” after Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin attended their gig. The band simply responded that Viva La Vida has been demoed long before Martin attended the gig.
Satriana is seeking jury trial, damages and any profits the band gained from the song.