Is it okay, legally speaking, to use non-musical audio samples in a musical recording?
I know you're probably not a lawyer, but a general idea would be good to have. For instance, if phrases of speech were recorded from the television, radio, or a movie and used in a song, is that actionable?
Such use of samples is widespread, but is it because there's no legal ground for complaint of such use, or because most of the samplees don't know or care about the samples?
My band's "thing" is making very liberal use of such material. We've always distributed our music for free, but we're submitting to the MeFi compilation album, and it would be good to know that there would be no issues arising because of this.
Specifically, I wish to know if the audio in the KFC radio commercial outtakes available here
could be sampled for a music piece without worrying about Colonel Sanders' crack team of lawyers frying our figurative chicken.