Thank Goodness for Copyright [8:24 am]
How else might the children of Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King survive? Martin Luther King Jr.’s Children Battle Over a Biography of Their Mother (pdf)
The two children who oppose the book, the Rev. Bernice King and Martin Luther King III, say their mother did not want Ms. Reynolds to write the biography. Dexter King, who orchestrated the deal, said his siblings and mother signed control of their intellectual property over to their father’s estate.
A judge has ordered the Kings to appear in an Atlanta courtroom on Tuesday to resolve the dispute.
“It’s sad and pathetic to see the three of them behaving in this self-destructive way,” said David J. Garrow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Dr. King. “Unfortunately all of the children seem to regard their father’s legacy as first and foremost an income maximization opportunity for themselves.”
Lawyers for both sides drew similar conclusions, although of course they blamed different children.
I see that it is possible to find the “I Have A Dream” speech online — it used to be a much harder thing to find. And I see the note at the bottom: “Copyright Status: Text, Audio = Restricted, seek permission. Images & Video = Uncertain.”