6 oracle items tagged as copyright
March 3, 2015 / submitted by Akash, India
Q.  The film Boyhood (2014) features the song Yellow at the very beginning of the film.[while displaying the title of film]

So did they ask permission to Coldplay for including the song in the film??(because of any copyright issues?)

Thank you in Advance...
Akash Ben

I went to see this wonderful film last year and it was such a pleasant surprise to hear Yellow during the opening sequence.
All music must be cleared before use commercially. The band aren't consulted personally, the decision is made on their behalf. As I have mentioned before, the band don't own the copyright (this is standard by the way).

December 29, 2014 / submitted by Amena , United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,
I was trying to design a shirt from the custom merch page but there was no option for a long sleeve shirt. So I decided to just make my own shirt on another custom shirt design website where they offered a long sleeve shirt. The design I'm thinking is the 6 album cover side by side in a horizontal row and small text underneath that said Coldplay. Would you think that is a problem regarding copyright restrictions? (I mean the website said to respect the rights of others but I mean I just want a cool Coldplay shirt).
Thank you!

You cannot make a t-shirt using copyrighted material so I'm afraid yes, this is a problem. I will speak to the merch guys to see if a long sleeve shirt is on the cards.

December 19, 2014 / submitted by Xiamar, United States of America
Q.  What is Coldplay's thoughts on allowing us to use their songs for video projects for Youtube as long as we credit them for the song & have purchase links?

That's not how it works. It doesn't really matter what the band think.
Their music is copyrighted but they don't own the copyright so can't grant permission.

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!