Snow Patrol earn little from Leona cover

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Gary Lightbody has revealed he won't be raking in the royalties from Leona Lewis' cover of his hit song Run.

The Snow Patrol frontman said he thinks Leona did a good job with her version of his track, which reached No 1 in the UK charts, compared to Snow Patrol's original which only reached No 5. However, he won't be making his fortune from her success.

He told the Daily Star that Leona's record label Syco didn't have to ask his permission to record their version and said: "I won't be retiring from Leona's sales." He added: "Anybody can cover any song without anybody's permission. It's open season on people covering that song but they can't put it on an advert or a TV show without asking."