sole » soul

Chiefly in:   soul rights

Classification: English

Spotted in the wild:

  • EMI records has issued DJ Danger Mouse a “cease and desist” order, claiming that they have the soul rights to the “White Album”. (, Mar. 17, 2004)
  • NOTE: from LadyJaye — this lovely poem has been removed because I was threatened that sharing it with you is copyright infringement. I was informed that only one person (who happens to sell Jenny Joseph items, such as red hats, etc, has soul rights to the copyright. (link)
  • White Winds is very proud to have soul rights to sell UK made versions of many of David Lawrence’s pieces. (
  • The lesser guy gets the rights and teams up with Nintendo and basically gives Nintendo soul rights. Nintendo then goes and sues the other company (the one with all the clout) for releasing the game under false rights. (The Holtonian, blog, April 21, 2005)

Analyzed or reported by:

  • Bill Findlay (e-mail of September 12, 2005)

“Sole rights” might be rights that are intimately tied to the very nature of the copyright-protected work.

| link | entered by Chris Waigl, 2005/09/12 |


  1. 1

    Commentary by Angalee , 2005/09/15 at 2:33 pm

    Commentary by Angalee , 2005/07/21 at 6:59 pm

    Soleful for Soulful and Soulfully.

    Thank You Volunteers!
    We couldn’t do it without you
    We offer up these ‘Soleful Sentiments’ to show what makes the MS Walks truly successful. The time
    volunteers give the Mid America Chapter is equivalent to thousands of dollars in cash donations. This is
    why we are grateful!
    **end quote**

  2. 2

    Commentary by Chris Waigl , 2005/09/16 at 2:25 am

    I think we need to be careful about substitutions of sole for soul and vice versa. In most cases, I believe what we find are simple misspellings, born out of insecurity or ignorance about the correct spelling of soul, or typos (I just typed “sipmle”, for example).

    In the eggcorn case above, the situation is different, for some writers at least, who think that “sole/soul rights” relate to immaterial essences and not (just) exclusivity.

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