Coldplay sued again over song plagiarism

Posted Jan 16, 2010 by David James Young
First, an indie-rock band believed that British chart-smashers Coldplay had stolen ideas from them. Then, guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani claimed the exact same thing. Now, yet another songwriter has come forward claiming to have written the band's hits.
Chris Martin  lead singer of Coldplay  performing in Singapore.
Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay, performing in Singapore.
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TMZ is now reporting that one Samie Lee Smith has filed a lawsuit against the band in Los Angeles County Superior Court. He claims to have written three of the bands hits - namely, "Yellow" and "Trouble" from their debut album, 2000's Parachutes and "Clocks" from 2002's A Rush of Blood to the Head.
Smith claims in the lawsuit to have written thousands of songs, spanning over approximately one hundred tapes, since 1976. Interestingly, he does not specify if any of his other song have been stolen. He insists that Coldplay cease performing these three songs and is also allegedly demanding a large sum of money.
Of course, legal troubles and plagiarism allegations are nothing new to Coldplay. American indie band Creaky Boards alleged that their song, "The Songs I Didn't Write", bears strong similarity to Coldplay's hit "Viva La Vida" in the vocal melody. Joe Satriani filed a lawsuit for the same reason, albeit for his guitar line in the song "If I Could Fly". Yusuf "Cat Stevens" Islam and songwriter Andy Gallagher have also made their own statements questioning the originality of Coldplay's art.
The band themselves, currently at work to the follow-up to 2008's Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, have yet to officially respond to this latest legal action.