Joe Satriani’s Coldplay lawsuit dismissed

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Satriani’s lawsuit against Coldplay alleging copyright infringement has been dismissed. The details of the case remain sealed but according to a report in Billboard Magazine, the two sides may have reached a financial settlement with Coldplay will not being required to admit to any wrongdoing. However, neither Satriani or members of Coldplay have commented on the case.

Last December, Guitar virtuoso Satriani had sued Chris Martin and company for allegedly appropriating the chords and melody from his 2004 song “If I Could Fly” for the title track to their 2008 album Viva la Vida.

Coldplay strictly denied the allegations. “If there are any similarities between our two pieces of music, they are entirely coincidental, and just as surprising to us as to him,” the band said in a press release after the lawsuit was filed. “Joe Satriani is a great musician, but he did not write the song ‘Viva La Vida.'”

According to court documents posted on, the case was dismissed on Monday by Judge Dean D. Pregerson in Los Angeles.

Both songs have also drawn comparisons to songs from Enanitos Verdes and Cat Stevens, who declared earlier this year that he was contemplating legal action against Coldplay. For more on each of the songs, check out this video.

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