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Date: Jun 17 04:31:56 2009
Cat Stevens backs off Coldplay plagiarism accusation


Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens has forgiven Coldplay for alleged similarities between his 1973 tune, "Foreigner Suite" and the band's grammy winning song, "Viva La Vida". Yusuf acknowledged that the similarities in the tunes was unitentional, saying "I stand by what I said. They did copy my song but I dont think they did it on purpose." Coldplay was also accused of plagiarism, for the same song, oddly enough by Joe Satriani. Satriani claims that the band stole the melody for "Viva" from his 2004 instrumental "If I Could Fly". A lawsuit is still pending. Islam had originally said he would wait to see the outcome of Satriani's suit before deciding whether he would take legal action himself. It depends on how well Satriani does," Yusuf said then. However, Yusuf has backed off those claims, admitting sometimes he evens unknowingly rips off his own songs. "I have even copied myself without even knowing I have done it. Ill write down what I think is a good melody and realize it's the same as something I have already done," he said. "I don't want them to think I am angry with them. I'd love to sit down and have a cup of tea with them and let them know its okay." Islam has taken legal action over plagiarism in the past. He sued the Flaming Lips for using the melody of his classic "Father and Son" in their song "Fight Test". Islam reportedly won that lawsuit and received 50% of the song's royalties.


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