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Civil Case File: Copyright Infringement

United States District Court, Southern District,
New York

Martin Luther King Jr. and the "I Have a Dream Speech"

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr., delivered a speech to a massive group of civil rights marchers gathered around the Lincoln memorial in Washington DC. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom brought together the nations most prominent civil rights leaders, along with tens of thousands of marchers, to press the United States government for equality. Dr. King gave his speech "I HAVE A DREAM."

Mister Maestro, Inc., and Twentieth Century Fox Records Company recorded the speech and offered the recording for sale. Dr. King and his attorneys claimed that the speech was copyrighted and the recording violated that copyright. Among the papers filed in the case and available at the Regional facility in New York City, is a deposition by Dr. King signed in his own hand.

Deposition of Martin Luther King regarding copyright infringement.

Case File Number 63 Civ 2889, Civil Case Files; United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Download the full deposition

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking.] on 08/28/1963;
Miscellaneous Subjects, Staff and Stringer Photographs, 1961-1974;
Records of the U.S. Information Agency; Record Group 306; National Archives - Still Picture Branch, College Park, MD
(Local Identifier: NWDNS-306-SSM-4D(107)8)


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