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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    btrussell (profile), 17 Jan 2012 @ 5:59am


    "Oh come on now! Don't you see how this copyright is inspiring people to put out new works!"

    Or old works!

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