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Knowledge Base Article: KB1971
Topic: FAQ - Composer and Producer Issues

Title: Can I use voice samples of famous politicians (George Bush, Barak Obama, etc.) in my own compositions?


Last Reviewed: Feb 05, 2010
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Q.  Can I use voice samples of famous politicians (George Bush, Barak Obama, etc.) in my own compositions?

A.  While speeches and sound bites from well-known politicians and other public celebrities may not have been copyrighted, the use of another person’s voice sample in your own composition would technically require clearance to be properly licensed and devoid of any risk of infringing use.  However, that said, in our many years in business we have never seen nor heard of any politician pursuing copyright infringement for the use 
of one of their speeches or voice samples in a song.  A good case can be made that the use of such a public speech in an artistic way is a "fair use" of the speech's content.  So, this kind of use is considered to be "below the radar".  But be aware that if your track which includes such a sample becomes famous, you may have receive a claim from the person (or their attorney) whose voice you used and you may have to defend such a use as a fair use and may find yourself in a position of having to pay money to the person for the use of their voice in order to avoid a lawsuit.  Use such voice samples at your own discretion and remain aware of the potential, although unlikely, consequences of such a use.





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