3 oracle items tagged as copyright
May 8, 2012 / submitted by AJ Anable, United States of America
Q.  I am an Actor with a demo reel and I have Cold Play Music in the background. I have been told that this is illegal and I also have been told that it is perfectly ok. I thought best to go to the artist directly. I have no intention of selling my reel but it is shown for commercial purposes. Thanks for your response.

SARCASM ALERT: I'm thinking that anyone who still thinks that Coldplay is two words should perhaps receive some form of detention for not doing sufficient homework (also one word).

Teasing aside AJ, I'm sorry to have to tell you it's not as simple as asking the band. It's correct that you cannot use anyone's music without permission although copyright is held with their publishers and record label so you actually need to redirect your request to Universal Publishing (UK) and Parlophone.

April 25, 2012 / submitted by Muhammad, Malaysia
Q.  Dear Oracle
My friend and I planning on doing a shirt of our own for Coldplay. It's for our fan club here in Malaysia. Hope you're okay with it.

Coldplay images and logos are copyrighted so you can not reproduce them without seeking permission (you won't be granted that) or licensing - that's not something that we get involved with by the way.
I'd be very careful before using someone else's design work or photography for your own profit, there could be legal implications.

January 27, 2009 / submitted by Andrew, United States of America
Q.  If I were to write a book, do I have permission to have references to Coldplay's songs? Is this copyright infringement?

Yes you do, you’d need permission from their publisher (Universal), as they don’t retain their own copyright. Even if Chris were writing a book he’d have to credit the publisher for their kind permission to reproduce their lyrics!