Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech is one of the most iconic recorded moments in modern American history.
By all rights, the speech should be a viral hit on YouTube on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
But a copyright placed on the speech by civil rights movement’s most revered orator himself has kept it from widespread distribution on the internet. The National Journal posted a story from Dustin Volz
who reports that in 1963 King sued to maintain the rights to the speech in order to use the proceeds for the civil rights movement.
More recently, CBS settled when the King family sued them for using portions of the speech without permission.
Although the speech pops up on the internet now and then, it is usually quickly taken down.
The copyright remains in effect until 2038.
Until then, Volz concludes, it will be difficult to find the video online.
For a more complete report, visit the National Journal's website