October 18, 2012 - submitted by Dahyo, Australia

Q. Dear Oracle.
Can I do a completly non-profit version of "The Scientist" for a school assembely? (I am a student) I really want to do this, but I have to ask for permission first.
Thanks for answering!

The Oracle replies:

Who said you have to ask permission? You don't. You can sing/perform what you like.
By the way - I'm surprised people who set the tasks don't already know this - signed bands / songwriters do not own copyright to their songs so cannot grant permission.

You'd have to get in touch with the Label & Publisher if that were the case.