If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, did it make a sound?
This old teaser of a question comes to mind with the allegations of plagiarism against Coldplay. Before they became a number one selling artist, would anyone accuse them of stealing a song? Now, that almost everyone has heard of them, they sell out concerts and sell millions of albums, the lawyers come chasing like they are some sort-of ambulance.
In July of 2008, a band called Creaky Boards ironically said the Coldplay song Viva La Vida was stolen from their song The Song I Didn’t Write. Later, Creaky Boards admitted the allegations were mostly a publicity stunt.
Then, in December of 2008, Joe Satriani came out to explain why he was suing Coldplay for plagiarism saying the same song Viva La Vida was stolen from his song If I Could Fly.
“I felt like a dagger went right through my heart. It hurt so much,” Joe said. “The second I heard it, I knew it was If I Could Fly.
“Almost immediately, from the minute their song came out, my e-mail box flooded with people going, ‘Have you heard this song by Coldplay? They ripped you off man.’ I mean, I couldn’t tell you how many e-mails I received. Everybody noticed the similarities between the songs. It’s pretty obvious.”
Hmmm… I wonder if Joe stole it from Creaky Boards or Creaky Boards stole it from Joe. Of course, there are many people who would claim the white man stole the blues.