The copyright lawsuit filed by Joe Satriani against Coldplay for their hit song Viva La Vida, has been dismissed by the court with neither side having to divulge any details, including any possible settlement.
Satriani sued Coldplay over the song which he says contained “substantial original portions” of his 2004 hit song If I Could Fly. Chris Martin of Coldplay has denied that either song influenced him in the writing of Viva La Vida and vowed to defend his band against the lawsuit. He went so far as to say neither he nor the band ever heard the song before the lawsuit. Considering the amount of airplay the song has received over the years and that these guys are a rock/pop band, you would think someone in the band would have heard the song at some point. Waiting in the wings is Yusuf, formerly Cat Stevens, who also claims the song is very similar to his 1973 song Foreigner Suite. He may sue also as he told Rolling Stone, “it depends on how well Satriani does”.
Joe Satriani is currently on tour with Chickenfoot and Coldplay will be playing the last show on the current tour at Wembley Stadium this Saturday.