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YouTube Commenters Could Be Called to Testify in Joe Satriani vs. Coldplay Case

The Joe Satriani vs. Coldplay bout is moving past vague innuendos and promises of lawsuits into a possible courtroom showdown. It's unlikely that Coldplay won't settle before a trial, but if they don't, there's a strong chance that the myriad of YouTube commenters who rushed to videos compairing Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" to Satriani's "I I Could Fly" could be called to the stand to testify about the similarities between the songs.


It's unclear who would benefit from YouTube commenters testifying, but either side could use them to their advantage. Coldplay's attorneys could claim that these people can't really say for sure that the songs are similar, and Satriani's attorneys could say that they proved the songs similarities.


On YouTuber in particular has been mentioned; a guitar teacher who made two videos breaking down the songs in his studio. I bet getting called to testify would make that dude's life. [Music Radar]

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Joe Satriani

Who is Joe Satriani to say 'Hey those are my notes you can't use them' They are both good songs don't get me wrong, but seriously it's just some notes stop the fighting! it's kind of annoying!! And Anyone is to win LET'S GO COLDPLAY LET'S GO!

Quincy Moon

what??? youtube commenters??? this sounds like an onion headline. my 10-year-old neice is not an expert on music just because she knows how to use the internet!

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its joes song, he owns the rights, and this is a cut and dry case of plaijerism


Yes thats right with all the money thats going to be thrown around in this case they'll get some bald chump off you tube to testify . What a joke.

tony b

Jake, I'm really not sure what plaijerism is...


Joes musical genius created the riff, melody, the collective of notes and rythms that are the song. Get over it Coldplay you LOSE!!


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