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I Have a Dream Speech Video

The I Have a Dream Speech Video is no longer available for free online

EMI on behalf of The King Center has enforced their copyright and ordered its removal from YouTube. They will sell you or your school a copy for $10 at www.thekingcenter.org, or you can buy the I Have a Dream DVD on Amazon ($8.97)

 

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External link: Read and Listen to the Full Speech at American Rhetoric

     

History of the Copyright Dispute:

Because King's speech was broadcast to a large radio and television audience, there was controversy about the copyright status of the speech. If the performance of the speech constituted "general publication", it would have entered the public domain due to King's failure to register the speech with the Registrar of Copyrights. If the performance only constituted "limited publication", however, King retained common law copyright. This led to a lawsuit, Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr., Inc. v. CBS, Inc., which established that the King estate does hold copyright over the speech and had standing to sue; the parties then settled. Unlicensed use of the speech or a part of it can still be lawful in some circumstances, especially in jurisdictions under doctrines such as fair use or fair dealing. Under the applicable copyright laws, the speech will remain under copyright in the United States until 70 years after King's death, thus until 2038.

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I Have a Dream Speech Quotes

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: / we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.
– Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream, 1963.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.
– Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream, 1963.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
– Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream, 1963.

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