Monday, January 21, 2008

Martin Luther King Day

We were covering the fight over the "I Have a Dream" speech in Copyright Law. While I agree intellectually that King's estate should be able to reap the fruits of what it owns, it does seem a bit disingenuous to both advocate the spread of King's message of racial equality and simultaneously clamp down on anyone who uses the speech without your permission. In any event, I doubt they'd sue charitable organizations or the average Joe much anyway.

My favorite Martin Luther King speech, though, is his prophetic last speech, right before his assassination. It takes a lot of gumption to keep going out in public when you know there's a chance you'll be killed:

2 Comments:

At 3:45 PM, Blogger Leah said...

I'm at a cafe now and headphoneless, but i'm looking forward to being in a place where i can watch this. What a powerful speaker he was. Ah, artful rhetoric, i miss thee.

 
At 3:48 PM, Blogger Mulliga said...

A friend of mine uses a similar oratorical technique in his mock trials - the "Southern Baptist preacher" school of litigation. It's actually pretty effective, if you have the presence to pull it off.

 

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