Coldplay Accused Of Plagiarism ... Again Coldplay is one of the best-selling bands in the world. 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." Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, is the latest accuser.

Coldplay Accused Of Plagiarism ... Again

Coldplay Accused Of Plagiarism ... Again

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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

We Are Fine

Cat Stevens

  • Song: Foreigner Suite
  • from Foreigner

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.

Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani

  • Song: If I Could Fly
  • from Is There Love in Space?

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.

Creaky Boards

Creaky Boards

  • Song: The Songs I Didn't Write
  • from Brooklyn is Love

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."

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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