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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

"I have a dream" – oops that just cost $10. Watching Martin Luther King's heroic speech is going to cost you

Want to watch a video clip of Martin Luther King giving his inspirational "I have dream speech"? Better get your wallet out. You won't find video or audio of this speech on YouTube or other portals on the interweb. The reason is the King family, along with British music publishing conglomerate EMI Publishing, owns the rights to the clip. You can buy the audio clip directly from the family on their website.

This is not new information, but it does have a certain resonance at the moment given the controversy over the crippling Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Interestingly, the King family has protected its copyright quite well without SOPA in placs, which makes you wonder just how badly the entertainment industry botched their digital content strategies. Given that it took a computer company, Apple, to create a realistic model for the sale of their digital content, this is no great surprise.

I tried to show you the speech being used in an Alcatel commercial, but if was removed as I was embedding it! 

 Here's what King had to say about capitalism:
 "The profit motive, when it is the sole basis of an economic system, encourages a cutthroat competition and selfish ambition that inspires men to be more concerned about making a living than making a life. It can make men so I-centered that they no longer are Thou-centered. Are we not too prone to judge success by the index of our salaries and the size of the wheel base on our automobiles, and not by the quality of our service and relationship to humanity? Capitalism may lead to a practical materialism that is as pernicious as the theoretical materialism taught by Communism."

 I have a dream and SOPA ain't part of it.


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