Some web sites have placed audio of Dr. King online illegally as well as made the text of his speeches available (e.g., American Rhetoric). One might argue that they are wrong for doing so. One could also argue that their illegal actions help to keep Dr. King's dreams alive.
American Rhetoric believes that its use of the speech is Fair Use. The web site says:
The site is making such material available in the effort to advance understanding of political, social, and religious issues as they relate to the study and practice of rhetoric and public address deemed relevant to the public interest and the promotion of civic discourse.AmericanRhetoric.com believes that the nature and use of the artifacts on this site constitutes "fair use" of any such material as provided for in section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act. The material on this site is intended primarily for research and educational purposes, has been previously published, and is distributed without profit.
The amount of materials that the web site has digitized or digitally enhanced is amazing. There are some wonderful speeches here.
Addendum (1/16/2006): This is a good biography of Dr. King here. It includes the fact that he was originally buried elsewhere and then moved to the King Center after that was built. The King Center is having fiscalal crisis and may become part of the U.S. National Park Service. There are obvious pros and cons to that...
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