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Sunday, February 8, 2009

coldplay to be served tonight?

Guitarist and songwriter Joe Santriani alleges that "substantial original portions" of his 2004 instrumental, I Just Wanna Fly, were used by Coldplay on their Grammy-nominated track.

Mr Santriani filed a copyright infringement suit against the group last December, but his lawyer Howard King claims that 2008's biggest-selling act have so far avoided being served with legal papers.

As a result, Mr King says that he will employ a team of process servers to ensure that the band, which is fronted by Gwyneth Paltrow's husband Chris Martin, are handed the documents during the Grammys celebrations in Los Angeles.

He promised to "dog the band everywhere they go this weekend in the hopes of serving them," and will gather video evidence of his employees' attempts to approach the group. Coldplay are nominated for seven awards at the prestigious ceremony, including two nods – Song and Record of the year – for Viva La Vida.

Mr King's client is seeking 'any and all profits' attributable to the alleged copyright infringement.

Coldplay have dismissed Mr Santriani's allegations, claiming that any similarity between the two songs is "entirely coincidental".

In a statement posted on their website, they said: "Joe Satriani is a great musician but he did not write or have any influence on the song Viva La Vida. We respectfully ask him to accept our assurances of this and wish him well with all future endeavours."

Last year a New York band Creaky Boards claimed that Viva La Vida bore striking similarities to their track, ironically entitled The Songs I Didn't Write. A Coldplay spokesman denied the allegation.