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Why Tweeting MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech Now Constitutes Civil Disobedience

January 25, 2013 By: seeta Category: Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Consumer Rights, Copyleft/Free Culture, Science/Technology

From Slate:

As part of [Monday's] festivities, a site called InternetFreedomDay.net was launched. One of the several organizations behind the effort, Fight for the Future, tried to make a point about copyright law by posting a video that included footage of Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. Why? Because, as Fight for the Future’s video explained, King’s speech is still under copyright—and therefore sharing it is an act of civil disobedience that honors both Internet Freedom Day and Martin Luther King Day this Monday. Fight for the Future’s video also explained that SOPA would have made streaming the film a criminal offense—a crime like kidnapping, bank fraud, and downloading too many JSTOR articles in violation of terms of service.

Yet just after 1 p.m. on Friday, the video had been removed from the video sharing site Vimeo, presumably at the request of EMI, which, with the King estate, holds the rights to the speech. You may not realize it, but, as Vice’s Motherboard explained, “You’d be hard pressed to find a good complete video version on the web, and it’s not even to be found in the new digital archive of the King Center’s website. If you want to watch the whole thing, legally, you’ll need to get the $20 DVD.”

CMP Supports Free Culture, Opposes SOPA, PIPA

January 18, 2012 By: seeta Category: Civil Rights, Copyleft/Free Culture

YouTube CopyLeft Option

June 03, 2011 By: seeta Category: Copyleft/Free Culture


YouTube has announced that it will introduce a Creative Commons license option and also provide remixing capabilities in its video editor. “You can now access an ever-expanding library of Creative Commons videos to edit and incorporate into your own projects. … You’ll also be able to mark any or all of your videos with the Creative Commons CC-BY license that lets others share and remix your work, so long as they give you credit.”