Coldplay denies copying 'Viva La Vida'

By | April 7, 2009 at 2:06 AM

LOS ANGELES — Coldplay has denied in federal court that it copied parts of Joe Satriani’s music for its hit song, “Viva La Vida.”

In a response filed in Los Angeles on Satriani’s song “lacks originality,” Coldplay’s response claims, and shouldn’t receive copyright protection.

Satriani sued Coldplay in December, claiming the British band used “substantial, original portions” of Satriani’s “If I Could Fly,” which was released in 2004.

Satriani’s lawyer, Howard E. King, said Coldplay’s response was typical for copyright infringement cases and he reiterated that he thought the matter could have been resolved without a lawsuit.

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