Op-Ed: The Satriani Fracas – By Bob Lefsetz

If George Harrison can go to court and lose, what makes Chris Martin
and his team think they can win this one? Especially with YouTube on Satriani's side?

It's like sampling. Clear the license. Pay the man. Coldplay
could have paid Satriani and the world wouldn't be the wiser. How many people know the original anyway?

Somebody in Coldplay heard it. That's what you need to prove
liability.
Access. If Satriani was a guy working in an amp repair shop in
Cincinnati,
Coldplay would have a leg to stand on. But he's a guitar geek's
guitar
hero. Along with Eric Johnson and the rest of the shredders the
mainstream
is unaware of but the maestros salivate over. Coldplay absolutely
can't win
this case. Or even if they possibly could, their image has already
been
shredded.

Watch this video…

I'll admit, when wind of this story first started blowing through my
inbox I
took it with a grain of salt. Isn't everybody claiming they're
being ripped
off? Then I watched the video, and I cracked up. IT'S THE SAME
DAMN SONG!

Now Coldplay paid Kraftwerk when they took that band's riff on their
previous album, why not pay Satriani here?

This is not a monetary issue, this is a public relations issue.
This is how
Tom Cruise got in trouble. He's a twit who had an incredible PR
person.
But then he fired her and now we know Tom Cruise is an adolescent with
behavior problems and his career has been irreparably harmed. I
don't know
how you control this story at this point. But Coldplay needs to
hire a
strategist. This is the biggest music story on the Web right now.
Chris
Martin's image was already inches above the toilet. Do I think that
Coldplay INTENTIONALLY ripped off Satriani? No. But that's not how
the law
works. Give Joe a piece of the action. I'd say to even invite him
up on
stage to play his part. But that'll just let the Coldplay fans
without
Internet access in on this crime.

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