Joe Satriani

A noted guitarist has sued members of Coldplay, claiming the band's smash hit "Viva La Vida" copied parts of one of his songs.

The copyright infringement lawsuit by Joe Satriani was filed Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles.

The 52-year-old claims Coldplay copied "substantial, original portions" of his 2004 song, "If I Could Fly." The Coldplay hit, which was nominated for a Grammy this week, has topped charts around the world and been used to sell iPods in commercials. [AP]

Lawsuits suck, but I can't help thinking the idea of Joe Satriani suing Coldplay is awesome. And this is the second time Coldplay have been publicly accused of ripping off the same song from someone. The first, as you may remember, was NYC's own Sidewalk Cafe regulars the Creaky Boards, who, became YouTube-famous after posting a video comparing Coldplay's song to theirs. Joe didn't make a video, but someone else did for him. Watch both of them below...

Joe Satriani vs Coldplay

Creaky Boards vs Coldplay

Creaky Boards - 2008/09 Tour Dates
Dec 7 - Union Pool - Frank Hoier tour kickoff with Soft Black Brooklyn, New York
Dec 20 - Pattenburg Tavern w Thomas Francis Takes His Chances Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Dec 26 - The Elbow Room - Creaky Boards Christmas Classic w Pop Project and Canada Ypsilanti, Michigan
Dec 31 - SPECIAL SECRET NEW YEAR'S PARTY - write for details Brooklyn, New York
Jan 29 - Schokoladen Berlin, Berlin
Jan 30 - MusikCafeen Aarhus
Jan 31 - Knust Hamburg, Hamburg
Feb 1 - Bahia de Cochinos Castrop-Rauxel
Feb 3 - Take Five Bar Maastricht
Feb 4 - Cafe Video Gent
Feb 5 - JeudiBars (Bulex) Brussels
Feb 6 - ACU Utrecht (near Amsterdam)
Feb 7 - L'International - with the wedding soundtrack Alfortville (outer Paris)
Feb 9 - El Lokal Zurich, Zurich
Feb 12 - Franzis Wetzlar
Feb 13 - Galerie Durchlauferhitzer Halle
Feb 14 - West Germany Berlin, Berlin

Coldplay - 2008/09 Tour Dates
Dec 7 - Echo Arena (moved from 10.12.08) Liverpool
Dec 9 - SECC (moved from 5.12.08) Glasgow
Dec 11 - MEN Arena Manchester
Dec 12 - MEN Arena Manchester
Dec 14 - O2 Arena London
Dec 15 - O2 Arena London
Dec 16 - O2 Arena London
Dec 19 - Odyssey Arena Belfast
Dec 21 - O2 Dublin
Dec 22 - O2 Dublin
Dec 23 - Odyssey Arena (moved from 18.12.08) Belfast
Feb 11 - Saitama Super Arena Tokyo
Feb 27 - Burswood Dome Perth
Feb 28 - Burswood Dome Perth
Mar 3 - Rod Laver Arena Melbourne
Mar 4 - Rod Laver Arena Melbourne
Mar 5 - Rod Laver Arena Melbourne
Mar 8 - Entertainment Centre Brisbane
Mar 9 - Entertainment Centre Brisbane
Mar 11 - Acer Arena Sydney
Mar 12 - Acer Arena Sydney
Mar 14 - Acer Arena Sydney
Mar 15 - Acer Arena Sydney
Sep 12 - LCCC Manchester
Sep 16 - Hampden Park Glasgow
Sep 18 - Wembley Stadium London
Sep 19 - Wembley Stadium London

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