Coldplay Accusations

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This British Rock/Indie inspired band were formed in 1996 by lead vocalist and keyboardist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at University College London (UCL).


It was alleged, at the time Coldplay released their single "Talk," that it straight-up steals the keyboard hook from "Computer Love."

The Result

Chris Martin had to give Kraftwerk credit for cowriting the Coldplay track "Talk,"

Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani filed claims that Coldplay had used "substantial original portions" of his 2004 song "If I Could Fly" in their Grammy-winning Song of the Year, "Viva La Vida."

Joe Satriani claims Coldplay Plagiarism was a ‘dagger through my heart’

The Result

Satriani's lawyer confirmed to Billboard that the case had been dismissed but wouldn't reveal whether — as suspected — a financial settlement was reached between the two parties. Under the terms of the dismissal, Coldplay won't have to admit to any wrongdoing.

According to court documents posted at Justia News, Coldplay and Capitol Records first submitted papers to have to case dismissed on September 3rd, but an error resulted in the dismissal being refiled on September 9th. On September 14th, the trial's log reads "ORDER upon Stipulation dismiss action pursuant to FRCP 41," or Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 41. As written in FRCP 41, "With certain exceptions, an action may also be dismissed at any time by agreement of the parties," which seems to lend credence to the settlement theory. All the court documents reveal, however, is that both Coldplay and Satriani were responsible for their own legal fees

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