Sony/EMI: Release MLK's "I Have a Dream" Speech to Public Domain
  • Petitioned Janet Choudry

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Head of Press, EMI
Janet Choudry
Head of Corporate Comms, EMI
Dylan Jones
Roger Faxon

Sony/EMI: Release MLK's "I Have a Dream" Speech to Public Domain

    1. Yasmin Gabriel
    2. Petition by

      Yasmin Gabriel

      Columbus, GA

I'm asking Sony/EMI to voluntarily release their copyright claim on Rev. Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech recording and make it public domain.

This petition is important because commercial use of this iconic speech contradicts Dr. King's speech, overall message and communal celebration of the 17-minute speech delivered on August 28, 1963. It is evident that Dr. King did not want companies to sell his speech since in December 1963, Dr. King sued Mister Maestro, Inc., and Twentieth Century Fox Records Company to stop the unauthorized sale of his "I have a Dream Speech".


If like myself, you are moved when you hear Dr. King's recording of his speech, then in honor of his legacy sign this petition demonstrating to SONY/EMI that they should voluntarily release their copyright. With your HELP, I am confident that EMI which states that it has a "culture of charitable giving" will provide the entire world with the ability to freely hear the voice and words of Dr. King's " I have a dream speech".

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Pedro Soriano Ruiz UCCLE, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
      • over 2 years ago

      Culture should be free to the people!

    • Jonathan Minchin LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      To free the important things in life to those who need it most.

    • Chris Elliott ENCINO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      It was not the intent of the author to have this speech leveraged for corporate gain. In fact, such use of it is antithetical to the man's reason for living and the principles for which he died. If Sony does not voluntarily release this specious claim, I will leverage every bully pulpit I can to initiate a boycott of all of Sony's products, from movies to music to books to electronics and every other holding they control.

    • luz alejandra osorio rivera BOGOTá, COLOMBIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I think is really irrational that sony has these kind of right over king´s speech, it isnt fair!

    • Xabier Urquijo Goitia SALAMANCA, SPAIN
      • over 2 years ago

      The speech and the dream itself belong to every person who belives in justice.


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