Did you have difficulty finding the full "I Have a Dream" speech?
The estate of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., has strictly enforced control over use of that speech and also of Martin Luther King’s likeness.
Yes, money is involved.
"A few years ago, the estate received more than $700,000 from the nonprofit foundation that created and built the monument to King on the Mall in order to use his words and image.
"The only legal way to reproduce King’s work — at least until it enters the public domain in 2038 — is to pay for a licensing fee, rates for which vary. (Individuals visiting the King Center can buy a recording of the “I have a dream” speech for $20. Licenses for media outlets run into the thousands.)"
So says Josh Schiller, an associate in the New York offices of Boies Schiller & Flexner who has represented plaintiffs and defendants in copyright infringement lawsuits.
A question that arises, of course, is whether newspapers or other news outfits can publish - or broadcast - the speech under the so-called "fair use" exception that generally applies to journalists.
Yes, under the proper circumstances (as you'll see in his Washington Post article).
"As an attorney, I believe in respect for the law and observing copyright restrictions. But when it comes to observing the anniversary of such a public moment, one hopes that fair use will allow current generations to appreciate what happened 50 years ago this week and why it was such a moment in American history."
(See the speech on the International Business News site. And Listen to IBN's creepy audio ads that come blaring at you.)