#1
Hi, I don't know where to put this so I am putting it here. I want to sample a line for the end of a song from a speech former President George W. Bush delivered to the public. I was wondering since the speech is public record if I need permission to use it. I do plan on selling this music so breaking the law would be something I would rather not do. I also have to worry about get a letter saying don't use it.

Thank you, and sorry if this is the wrong area.
#3
it's still technically copyright of whoever recorded it, but there are usually public domain recordings of things like that so even if you use a copyrighted one, noone would be able to tell.
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#4
it's ok, everyone does it, as long as it's .wav quality you wont get any troubles
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#5
I hate it when these threads get quickly populated with bad advice - like everything above here. (Kid Thorazine started off okay, and then fumbled it at the end...)

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1053221 - The copyright thread.

Check #5 - copyright and use of samples.

Essentially, you have Bush's speech which is owned by Bush. You also have a recording, which is owned by the person who made the recording, in all probability. You need to appeal to both owners in order to get permission to do this.

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