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January 14, 2014 / submitted by Sarah, United States of America
Q.  I'm making a short film for my audio/video production class and an upcoming film festival and I was wondering if I could have permission to use more than 30 seconds of the song, Fix You?

No - well, not from us. Signed bands / songwriters do not own copyright to their songs so they cannot grant permission.

You'd have to get in touch with Parlophone Records and Universal Publishing.



January 22, 2013 / submitted by Caitlin, United States of America
Q.  Hey over there in the UK!
I'm a senior in high school and a member of National Honors Society. I am creating a video speaking out against drugs and alcohol through a video of testimonies answering what dreams drugs and alcohol could prevent from coming true. Could I possibly get your permission to use one of my favorite Coldplay songs Fix You as the music for my video? Thank you!

This is one of the most popular questions I get asked. It's tricky because obviously many people want to use Coldplay's music for school projects, personal reasons or worthy causes and aren't showing it for any monetary value whatsoever but signed bands / songwriters do not own copyright to their songs so cannot grant permission.

You will have to contact EMI Records and Universal Publishing.




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!

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.



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!


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