April 10, 2013 - submitted by Nicolas, Colombia

Q. Hey Oracle, I was watching a video of Clocks in YouTube and I found this video.
At the beginning of the song it is very similar to Clocks I couldn't believe it. Coldplay give permission to that? Please answer me.

The Oracle replies:

No, because as you say it's similar but it isn't the same. That's a very different definition.
Music can be inspired or influenced by other music and sometimes it can deliberately or co-incidentally resemble another piece. Unless it is using a direct part, there is no need to seek permission. In this instance the piano riff has similarities to Clocks but it's not a direct copy.