Coldplay Video Directors Rebut Plagiarism Claims with Six-Page Breakdown of Influences
Published Sep 25, 2009Earlier this week, we reported that Coldplay were once again under suspicion for plagiarism. This time, the accusations come from singer-songwriter Andy J Gallagher, who claimed their recent "Strawberry Swing" video was a direct rip-off of his 2008 vid for "Something Else."
While Coldplay have yet to comment on the matter, production company Shynola, which handled the "Strawberry Swing" video, as well as others for Radiohead, Beck and Blur, refuted the claims of plagiarism with an inarguable six-page PDF file.
Available here, Shynola use the piece to point out that, yes, their piece was not entirely original but that it came from a long lineage of visual cues, including themes from Superman, The Simpsons and Looney Tunes.
Pointing out that they had never even seen Gallagher's video, they conclude with some humility, saying, "We can categorically deny that his video was any influence on our video. Any similarities are purely coincidental... It may have been unsupportable hyperbole from Coldplay to claim that our video was groundbreaking. But it is NOT plagiarism. And Mr. Trevor's video is NOT groundbreaking either."
Well played, Shynola. Well played...