This is MLK’s “Dream” speech under current copyright law

EMI technically holds the copyright to the greatest speech of all time.


Jay Hathaway


Published Aug 28, 2013   Updated Jun 1, 2021, 7:55 am CDT

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It’s technically against copyright law to share footage of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech online. “I Have Applause,” a supercut by Michael David Murphy, imagines what would be left of the speech if people like Fight For the Future hadn’t protested by posting the entire thing anyway. More information here.

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*First Published: Aug 28, 2013, 7:49 pm CDT