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

January 30, 2013

The MLK Speech being brought to Twitter has made it apparent that there are serious conflictions with old and new generations of people. The SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) was established to prevent any illegal trafficking of material through the internet. This also brings into account the copywriter law which states that a personas material cannot be released to the public until 70 years have passed since his/her death. These two laws go hand and hand in the sense that both look for preserving the credit to the true owner of a piece of work. Seeing as Martin Luther King was such an influential person on many different levels, his hard work should be recognized properly and not through social media in what could be a “disrespectful manner”. You may ask why posts on twitter may be disrespectful. In my eyes, twitter is loaded with all of your friends and is an easy way to update people on your daily duties. Suppose on MLK Day you “tweeted” the speech. At that point, anyone has the ability to write whatever they want about this powerful speech with no one there to stop them. Defacing what is known as one of the greatest speeches over social media should be an internet crime. (With a fine of some acceptable amount to follow!)

            As the article states, others believe that the copyright law should change stating, “It not only fails to serve its primary constitutional goal—promoting the progress of knowledge and useful arts—but it actively hinders that goal and often silences important speech”(Ammori). With this, people are arguing that seeing as these copy write laws are in place, people are not able to learn more about the important things in life if they are not allowed on the internet within 70 years of the creators death. It seems as though there are supporters strongly for both cases, which makes this debate even more interesting. Seeing as how many individuals in this generation that we are living in now rely so heavily on technology, it almost seems as though the only way one will learn about the important things that have once occurred are if they read it on one of their social media sites. Hindering to learning, I now see, but I also do see the problem with the copywriter law.

            In 2013, copywriter does not hold up to the standards at which people want it to be. It is not the overlying law, and is continually being broken day in and day out. The best example I can give is with music. People torrent music on a daily basis, which is basically stealing music from artists. It has gotten to the point where artists themselves ENCOURAGE their fans to torrent their music from free online sites. Why? Because with people now not buying full CD’s and only downloading the few songs they like from each album, they are able to have exactly what they want, for the exact price they want. FREE! The link attached helps to support the tormenting epidemic.

Why Most Artists Profit from Piracy



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  1. In the article that you attached it said that less popular artists are actually making profit from piracy, which I found interesting. It was also interesting that artists are encouraging their fans to torrent their music from free online sites. Do you think just because some artists are okay with their music being free it makes copyright laws less important?

    • In my eyes, having the actual artists themselves essential say “look I will take the cut in pay as long as you can listen to my music” it shows that the artists are allowing the public to break that rule. It is really interesting to see them say this too seeing as their main source of revenue used to be from CD’s, but now, I would have to assume it is traveling around the world and doing shows for their fans. I guess the only way the fans will want to go to their shows is if they have a sample of their music prior to the concert, more tickets will sell. A very interesting situation we have going on here.

      • It is indeed interesting. So technology has changed the way some artists market themselves. An act that years ago would have been considered highly offensive to an artist (getting music for free) may now actually be encouraged. Have our society’s policies and laws adjusted for this change? What happens when we try to hold on to old ways of doing things when clearly the game has changed?

      • People during this generation I feel are not AS educated as they should be with Laws on the internet. With the amount individuals are online using computers,, mobile devices, and tablets alone makes individuals these days connected at all times which makes exploiting harmful actions essentially a national past time for our generation. When you try to hold on to the old times while also bringing in the new, you are asking for a serious battle between the old and the new. This battle could bring out some big changes seeing as when these laws were first created, we were lucky to be able to have electricity. Now, its hard to find an individual without a cell phone in their back pockets at all times.

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