Joe Satriani’s copyright infringement lawsuit against Coldplay has been settled, Satriani’s rep tells Billboard. Last December, Satriani sued the British soft rockers, claiming that “Viva La Vida” ripped off his song “If I Could Fly.” But the legal dispute was resolved Tuesday with an undisclosed settlement between the two parties.
Satriani wasn’t the only artist who felt Coldplay was aping his material. Back in May, Cat Stevens (now Yusuf Islam) also claimed “Viva La Vida” was too close to one of his songs, 1973’s “Foreigner Suite.” When asked if he might file suit against Coldplay, he responded: “It depends on how well Satriani does.”
Stevens has changed his tune since then, deciding the musical similarities weren’t intentional. He even offered “to sit down and have a cup of tea with them and let them know it’s okay.”
What do you think? If Satriani was paid, how much did he deserve—a symbolic dollar or a huge portion of the cash they made off of this massive hit? Listen to segments of “Viva La Vida” paired with the Satriani song in question below and tell us what you think.