Coldplay Accused Of Plagiarism ... Again

Coldplay is one of the best-selling bands in the world, but in spite of its success, the band has a nagging problem: charges that it plagiarized not one, but three other artists to write its recent hit, "Viva La Vida" (video via YouTube).

The accusers line up as follows:

Coldplay's Plaintiffs

Cat Stevens

Cat Stevens

  • Artist: Cat Stevens
  • Album: Foreigner
  • Song: Foreigner Suite

Coldplay's latest accuser is Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, who claims the band's "Viva La Vida" borrows from a section of his "Foreigner Suite," released in 1973.

Hear Cat Stevens' "Foreigner Suite" On YouTube

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  • "Foreigner Suite"
  • Album: Foreigner
  • Artist: Cat Stevens
  • Label: Polygram
  • Released: 1973
 
Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani

  • Artist: Joe Satriani
  • Album: Is There Love in Space?
  • Song: If I Could Fly

Meanwhile, Yusuf Islam needs to get in line behind guitarist Joe Satriani, who has already filed a legal claim against Coldplay for copying "If I Could Fly," released in 2004. Here's what we know: Coldplay may or may not have stolen from Joe Satriani and may or may not have stolen from Yusuf Islam, who took his name from himself, Cat Stevens.

Hear Joe Satriani's "If I Could Fly" On YouTube

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  • "If I Could Fly"
  • Album: Is There Love in Space?
  • Artist: Joe Satriani
  • Label: Epic
 
Creaky Boards

Creaky Boards

  • Artist: Creaky Boards
  • Album: Brooklyn is Love
  • Song: The Songs I Didn't Write

But Cat Stevens, now Yusuf Islam, and Joe Satriani, still Joe Satriani, need to get in line behind the band Creaky Boards, which first claimed that Coldplay based its song "Viva La Vida" on a song released last year, called "The Songs I Didn't Write."

Hear Creaky Boards' "The Songs I Didn't Write" On YouTube

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  • "The Songs I Didn't Write"
  • Album: Brooklyn is Love
  • Artist: Creaky Boards
  • Released: 2008
 

Clearly someone is stealing from someone.

But why isn't Yusuf Islam calling out Creaky Boards? Why aren't the members of Creaky Boards going after Satriani? Why isn't Satriani going after the whole lot of them?

However this Coldplay kerfuffle plays out, this just might provide the boost that so many laid-off copyright attorneys have been looking for.

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