Tuesday, December 09, 2008

"Fair-use" in music...

Joe Satriani has lodged a claim in court that coldplay's song viva la vida 'uses substantial portions of his song If I Could Fly'. If you watch this video you can almost imagine the crowd's response during a joint performance (and Satriani come up at of the stage) - even if it had been modified to maximise the effect.I've always wondered if two people can "come-up-with" the same idea (read chord progression) at the same time. Interestingly enough its the second plagarism claim against Coldplay over Vida la Vida - have all three songs borrowed from somewhere else...


  1. Leibniz and Newton came up with calculus independently at pretty much the same time...

  2. Thanks Lara - Is it also true that someone came up with an evolutionary type theory which evolved into Darwinism too?

  3. Well, Darwin certainly wasn't the first to come up with the idea of evolution, although I think he might have been the first to apply the idea of natural selection (originally from economics) to it. It wasn't until Mendel's genetics, though, that anyone could explain how mutations could occur.

    One significant forerunner of Darwin was Lamarck, who thought that acquired characteristics could be passed on to offspring. The classic example is the giraffe: a giraffe stretches to reach higher leaves on a tree, and the longer neck is passed on to its offspring. Doesn't quite work like that, though!

    I don't know a lot about the history of evolution and Darwinism, though it would be a fascinating topic to explore further!