July 1, 2013 - submitted by Tyler, United States of America

Q. Hey Oracle!

I'm writing a novel currently and I was wondering if I was allowed to use Coldplay's name in the story? The protagonist is listening to Coldplay during a thought-provoking ride through New York City.

The Oracle replies:

Yes, you can. However, if you were to mention the name of the Coldplay song they are listening to, you could not. The band do not own copyright to their songs so permission would be needed from Universal Publishing.