September 20, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Coldplay has denied in federal court that it
copied parts of Joe Satriani's music for its hit song, "Viva La
In a response filed in Los Angeles on Monday, attorneys for
Coldplay's band members also argued that any similarities between
"Viva La Vida" and Satriani's "If I Could Fly" weren't enough
to warrant damages.
Satriani's song "lacks originality," Coldplay's response
claims, and shouldn't receive copyright protection.
Satriani sued Coldplay in December, claiming the British band
used "substantial, original portions" of Satriani's "If I Could
Fly," which was released in 2004.
Satriani's lawyer, Howard E. King, said Coldplay's response was
typical for copyright infringement cases and he reiterated that he
thought the matter could have been resolved without a lawsuit.
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