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Copyright and the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Copyright and the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King ImageToday marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most powerful, meaningful and important speeches in U.S. history. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

It’s nearly impossible to overstate the importance the speech had and continues to have on the civil rights movement, race relations and U.S. history in general. That 17-minute speech, given on August 28, 1963, continues to echo today with people of all stripes.

However, use of the speech is still strictly limited. Though King’s heirs have made the speech available for educational use, or at least declined to take action against educators, they have a long history of taking legal action against others who use the speech, including TV stations, newspapers and documentaries.

This has led to criticism from other civil rights leaders and has made it difficult for others to use the speech, even as they seek to honor it on the 50th anniversary.

Though the impacts of this enforcement are clear, including limiting access to the speech online, it also has sparked a separate copyright debate. That debate reached something of a climax in Jaunary of this year when, on the one year anniversary of the defeat of the Stop Online Piracy Act, some copyright activists posted illegal copies of the speech online to celebrate “Internet Freedom Day”.

This makes it worthwhile to not just take a look at the impact the speech has had on our nation’s history, but also on copyright and just how the protectionist approach the King estate has taken has impacted copyright law itself.Continue Reading

Looking Back: 10 Years After Jayson Blair

Looking Back: 10 Years After Jayson Blair

Today marks 10 years since Jayson Blair’s resignation from the New York Times. How did he change journalism and what have we learned from the scandal?Continue Reading

3 Count: One Year

3 Count: One Year

Today is the one-year anniversary of the SOPA/PIPA protests, Megaupload’s successor is on the way and 50 Cents wins infringement case.Continue Reading

Plagiarismadvice.org Turns 10, Launches New Website

Plagiarismadvice.org Turns 10, Launches New Website

As Plagiarismadvice.org turns ten, it’s relaunching its site and further establishing itself as a destination for addressing academic plagiarism.Continue Reading

Plagiarism Today: 5 Years Later

Plagiarism Today: 5 Years Later

Plagiarism Today has just turned five years old. A big thank you to everyone who has supported the site and a bit of nostalgia for the years gone by. Continue Reading

7 Lessons Learned 2 Years After Katrina

I will always remember August 29, 2005 as one of the worst days of my life. I was 260 miles away from my home in New Orleans, evacuated to my in laws’ house in the rural upstate. I watched the story unfold on the news. I remember cheering when I heard that the storm hadContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Plagiarism Today Turns Two

It was two years ago today, on August 2nd, 2005 that the first “live” post on Plagiarism Today was posted. Though I had been writing for almost two months prior to that, largely as an experiment to see if there was enough to warrant a blog on this topic, August 2nd was the day inContinue ReadingContinue Reading