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Guitarist: Coldplay Cold-Jacked My Song

12/5/2008 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Some badass guitarist is suing Coldplay for allegedly ripping off his song -- and once you hear this guy's Cold-case, it's gonna blow your frickin' mind.

It's all over Coldplay's number one hit "Viva La Vida" -- Joe Satriani says "Viva" is way too similar to his 2004 instrumental, "If I Could Fly." Now, he's asking for "any and all profits" ... and given that "Vida" topped the chart in 36 countries, we could be talking about a lot of money.

Satriani has worked with everyone from Mick Jagger to Deep Purple.

A rep for Coldplay had no comment.

UPDATE
: The lawsuit was settled outside of court -- the terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.

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scyren    

Thieves!

2092 days ago
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Buster    

Joe Satriani got ripped off. Shame on Coldplay.

2092 days ago
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Dyna ™    

Some guitar geek???? Don't you know who Joe Satriani is??? Who's running TMZ, 6th graders????

2092 days ago
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Nah    

sounds like every 80's song on earth. i don't want to hear it.

2092 days ago
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NRB    

Melody is totally different to me. Not even close.

2092 days ago
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Dale    

Now you have done it TMZ..Joe Satriani is no guitar geek. He is only one of the best guitarists to ever be on this planet.

2092 days ago
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The Dugger Family    

Joe Satriani a GEEK??? TMZ get your act together...you people are clueless. Oh thats right you're into Fall Out Boy....

2092 days ago
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Rich D    

Do your homework TMZ!! Joe Satriani is hardly a "Geek"! One of the most well respected, "ORIGINAL" rock guitarists of all time...........Who are the real geeks......"pseudo-journalists"

2092 days ago
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Ms_Tell_It_Like_It_Is    

Coldplay is in some DEEP doody now - that is obviously jacked from Joe Satriani and anyone that can't hear it is tone deaf.

2092 days ago
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stacym    

Are you kidding me?!?! Joe Satriani a guitar geek? TMZ needs to go to rock school!

2092 days ago
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WTF    

Some guitar geek??!! WTF, TMZ! I'll pretend I didn't read that. Coldplay is over-rated much like Nickelback. I have been saying all along this song is a rip-off of Satriani. so tanks for posting proof. At least your "editors" got something right.

2092 days ago
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Anita    

Coldplay is a lousy band if you ask me.

2092 days ago
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Edward    

#5 is tone-deaf. It's almost identical!

2092 days ago
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Anita    

They should pay this man his royalties. He deserves them. Ripoff artists!

2092 days ago
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chicodude    

Good artists borrow, great artists steal. Is it just me or is that band Coldplayed out? I used to like them but their music is getting redundant. Guess that explains their need to borrow/steal from J.S.

2092 days ago
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