Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr., Inc. v. CBS, Inc.

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Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr., Inc. v. CBS, Inc.  (1999) 
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Case discussing the concept of "publication" under the U.S. Copyright Act of 1909, the predecessor of the current statute. The Court of Appeals held (2:1) that the speech I have a Dream by Martin Luther King was not generally published when it was delivered on August 28, 1963, but merely "performed": The Estate of Dr. King therefore held a valid copyright in the speech.

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194 F.3d 1211

Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr., Inc. (Plaintiff-Appellant)

v.

CBS, Inc. (Defendant-Appellee)

No. 98–9079

United States Court of Appeals,
Eleventh Circuit.


November 5, 1999


Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. (No. 1:96-cv-3052-WCO), William C. O’Kelley, Judge.

Before ANDERSON, Chief Judge, RONEY, Senior Circuit Judge, and COOK, Senior District Judge.