How IP Laws Have Locked Up Martin Luther King's Brilliance

from the sadness dept

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- and there are many reasons to celebrate his legacy. But one thing that should not be celebrated is what his heirs have done with his words ever since. In the past, we've discussed how his heirs have done everything they can to try to use intellectual property laws to lock up MLK Jr.'s legacy -- and set up a toll booth to charge anyone for making use of them in any way, shape or form. The most recent episode of On The Media explored this... and also talked about how most of King's speeches were actually built off the works of others, but then (obviously) turned into something much more powerful through his detailed study and understanding of how to preach. It's a fascinating story... made ridiculously annoying by his heirs' desire to lock up and charge for King's legacy.

Filed Under: copyright, legacy, locked up, martin luther king jr.


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 16 Jan 2012 @ 6:54pm

    Re: Travesty

    Well at least in greedy everybody is equal on this world, it doesn't matter the color of your skin, religion or sexual orientation greed is something that transcends all barriers.

    This should be a warning to future leaders that care about humanity to not make a will transferring everything they did to the public domain after their death or have others twist their legacy into something else entirely.

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