So I am a rock guitarist. I'm in a rock band and all that great stuff, but recently I have been listening to a lot of jazz. So I decided I am going to start a jazz side project and have recently learned a couple jazz solo licks. I was playing around with one of these licks the other day and I ended up writing a melody off of it. Is it legal to use this or is it copyrighted?
Didn't Coldplay get busted for doing just that with a Satriani lead riff? The vocal melody was essentially the exact same as this lead Joe did

EDIT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjB024bZoB4
45 sec in
Last edited by bdof at Feb 9, 2015,