RE: [Videolib] I Have a Dream speech

Gerald A. Notaro (
Mon, 4 Dec 2006 12:43:37 -0500 (EST)

They have gone so far as to disable the copy function from the sites where
it is posted with permission.

Brock, Shawn wrote:
> The rights are controlled by the estate of Dr. King. We had tried to
> get obtain permission to stream the speech at our site (
> free for users but were unable to come to a reasonable solution. You
> can get the transcript of the speech for free from the Kings Papers
> Project.
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Hornbeck, Patty
> Sent: Monday, December 04, 2006 11:34 AM
> To:
> Subject: [Videolib] I Have a Dream speech
> Hi all,
> I'm looking for some help and advice from you about a copyright
> issue. Has anyone negotiated the rights to use Martin Luther King's I
> Have a Dream speech on your campuses, either during his birthday or
> Black History month? If so, were the terms reasonable?
> How many of you feel that "there is no clear answer to the
> question of copyright status." see below, from a Wikipedia entry:
> Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr., Inc. v. CBS, Inc. (194 F.3d
> 1211 (11th Cir. 1999)) is a United States court case that resolved a
> longstanding dispute about the public domain </topic/public-domain>
> copyright </topic/copyright> status of Martin Luther King, Jr.
> </topic/martin-luther-king-jr>'s most famous speech
> </topic/public-speaking>, known by the key phrase I have a dream
> </topic/i-have-a-dream>, originally delivered on the steps at the
> Lincoln Memorial </topic/lincoln-memorial> in Washington, D.C.
> </topic/washington-capital-washington-dc> on August 28
> </topic/august-28>, 1963 </topic/1963>. The intial court ruling was that
> the speech is indeed covered by copyright, and is not in the public
> domain. On appeal the 11th circuit court disagreed with this ruling and
> it was remanded for determination. The parties settled out of court and
> there is no clear answer to the question of copyright status.
> Thanks for any help with this.
> Best,
> Patty Hornbeck
> ________________________________
> Patty Hornbeck
> Media Resources Development Coordinator
> Middlebury College Library
> 110 Storrs Ave. / M212
> Middlebury, VT 05753
> (802)443-2268 ph.
> (802)443-5698 fax

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