Published Apr 07, 2009Coldplay have denied in court that their song "Viva La Vida" copies parts of Joe Satriani's "If I Could Fly," saying the guitarist's song "lacks originality" and shouldn't receive copyright protection.
Lawyers representing the Brits filed their response to Satriani's plagiarism claims in a U.S. federal court Monday (April 6) and legally reinforced the band's position that the similarities between the two songs are not significant to warrant any sort of damages.
As previously reported, Satriani filed a lawsuit against Coldplay in December, alleging the group nicked "substantial original portions" from his 2004 track. The guitar virtuoso's lawyer has since said his client is seeking a jury trial, damages and "any and all profits" from Coldplay's "Viva La Vida."
In a previously online statement, Coldplay denied the accusations and wrote off any similarities between the songs as "entirely coincidental." Satriani, on the other hand, said that when he first heard "Viva La Vida," "I felt like a dagger went right through my heart. It hurt so much."