In the same way that stealing John McEnroe's headband wouldn't automatically mean you'd be good at tennis, there's a limit to the quality that you can thieve:
Chris Martin has said that a Blur song was the first inspiration for the band when they began recording their new album.
According to the singer, Sing from BLUR'S debut album LEISURE was a starting point for the writing of COLDPLAY album VIVA LA VIDA AND DEATH AND ALL HIS FRIENDS, reports Xfm.
"Sing was the first song we plagiarised for the new album", said Chris.
Happily for the EMI lawyers, though, Coldplay changed the song beyond recognition by making their version not very interesting.