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Use of a Political Speech

Hello fellow Shooters,
I wanted to ask if anyone has ever used audio clips of speeches made by politicians before, and what experience they had in obtaining rights.

I'd like to use some of a speech (audio only) from Vice President Spiro Agnew from 1969. I've found recordings available to download from - which includes many pieces of film and audio that are 'in the public domain'.

But I wonder if anyone has any experience of using old recordings of speeches and whether clearance is needed, for material such as this. Obviously someone made a recording, but I can't for the life of me find out who made it or owns it, or if it is now copyright free.

Any advice greatly received!

4 months ago