Enough! or Too much
The original song pisses all over the newer bastardised version. What do Moz & Marr think of their iconic song being used to advertise a TV show about the 'royals'? Do they get paid? And is it worth it if they do.
This post by Acton made me ask myself a lot of questions about copyrights. Probably the musicians know the answers:
1) If a band wants to play or record a cover, does this band need the permission of the original composer (i.e, another band or some members of another band)?
2) If no permission is needed, is a band able to FORBID another band from playing a song by them? (i.e, is Morrissey able to tell the band "The Trumpeters" that he does not give his permission to play a cover of one of his songs?)
3) If no permission is needed, does the use of the COVER VERSION of a song for a TV show or an advert need the explicit permission of the original authors? (i.e, The producers of "The Royals", do they need the permission of The Smiths if they want to use a COVER VERSION of "How Soon is Now?" by the band GA?).
4) Is a band able to FORBID the use of covers composed by them in a movie or TV show? (I remembers the case of the movie "Velvet Goldmine"... I remember that Bowie didn't allow the producers to feature covers of his songs, so the "Bowie" of the movie ended up singing songs by Roxy Music instead).