You need a license to quote Martin Luther King Jr.

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 09/03/2003 - 17:19
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Kind of an interesting look at copyright from Philly Burbs.com.
They say The King family holds a copyright on the 1963 speech along with most of MLK's papers, writings, and images.Publish or use these without permission and you likely will find yourself receiving correspondence from the family's lawyers, which begins: "You have been sued in court."
The article says The King family has said it's protecting the image of the great civil rights leader from hucksters with crass gift shop proposals like refrigerator magnets, MLK ice cream and pocketknives, according to Slate, a Web magazine.

Yet, the family approved "Keep the Dream Alive" personal checks and a "tasteful" King statuette available from the King Center in Atlanta.
The author says the complete commodification of a modern prophet is cheesy.