All of King’s speeches and papers are owned by his family, which has gone to court several times since the 1990s to protect its copyright; King obtained rights to his most famous speech a month after he gave it. Now, those who want to hear or use the speech in its entirety must buy a copy sanctioned by the King family, which receives the proceeds.
Doesn’t something about this just feel wrong? I know there is a long history in the world of living off of the fruits of the accomplishments of our family forebears, but is this what MLK would have wanted?
The more I learn about how copyright is used, the more I think the system needs a radical overhaul. Of course that could just be because the copyrights I own aren’t worth that much.
Via Boing Boing.