The King and the Copyright

Via BoingBoing:

“Many schools use the text — often taken in violation of the copyright from the Internet. The King family, however, wants teachers to use the speech and has not pursued legal action against educators, Carson said.

Critics of the King family’s decision not to put the speech in the public domain say the poorest children are the most deprived.”

While I applaud the family’s decision not to prosecute educators, who can say if the next generation of descendants will do the same? Copyright in the US has been extended to a very, very long time.

Cory also posted a link to an mp3 of the speech. If you’re curious (or haven’t heard the entire speech before), follow-up on the BoingBoing link above.

On a related note, if you want an interesting look at how Dr. King might have reacted to our modern day, an episode of “The Boondocks” entitled “Return of the King” is something you should watch.

King’s Fiery Speech Rarely Heard

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