Civil Case File: Copyright Infringement
United States District Court, Southern District,
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.
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