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Coldplay's latest legal issue is on ice. 

A federal judge has dismissed a plagiarism suit brought by guitarist Joe Satriani against the British quartet, in which he accused them of ripping off parts of "If I Could Fly" for their Grammy-winning single "Viva La Vida."

But it's not as if U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson ruled one way or the other: His one-page order suggests that the warring rockers arrives at some sort of settlement. The case was dismissed with prejudice, Satriani cannot sue Coldplay again for the same reason.

The band had denied any sort of copyright-infringement on their part, saying that any similarity between "If I Could Fly" and "Viva La Vida" was "entirely coincidental and just as surprising to us as to him."

Chris Martin called the plaintiff a "great musician," despite his originality-lacking song.

Now, we're not talking about "Halo" and "Already Gone" here, but do you hear a similarity? Sneak a listen to the tunes in question after the jump.

Viva la Vida - Coldplay
If I Could Fly - Joe Satriani


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