Thursday, January 29, 2015

Copy of Martin Luther King's published original Letter From Birmingham City Jail - Public Domain.

Copy of Martin Luther King's published original Letter From Birmingham City Jail - Public Domain.
Download free and use however you please.

The "Letter From The Birmingham City Jail" was handwritten by Martin Luther King on April 16, 1963, then slipped out of the jail, turned over to his assistants on the outside, typed, copied, and widely disseminated to various organizations and individuals as an "open letter" in order to generate public support for Dr. King and his civil rights activities.
As an open letter, made available to the Public for publication without restriction, it of course immediately entered the Public Domain and was never thereafter eligible for copyright protection.

The first version of this letter was published with King's approval and encouragement, without copyright notice, in May of 1963 by the American Friends Service Committee. (Several other organizations and media also published the letter at about the same time.) This first version of the Letter is clearly in the Public Domain because the copright law in 1963 required that a copyright notice be placed on any publication in order to obtain copyright protection. Without the copyright notice, the publication immediately entered the Public Domain, where it now remains.
I have copied it as a .pdf file and posted it on the Internet at

You are invited to download this .pdf file and use it any way you choose.

At some later date, Dr. King revised this first version of the letter and created a second version -- a more polished version, with numerous minor changes -- which he then published, with copyright notice. It is this second version which is now widely available in books and on the Internet, with copyright now claimed by the heirs of the King estate. So this second version is protected by copyright, but that copyright does not apply to any of the first-version text which had already entered into the Public Domain, only those parts which were new to the second version. The second version shows a date of "April 16, 1963," in the text, but that is the date of the handwritten original Public Domain first version, not the date of the copyrighted second version.

I am now republishing this original Public Domain first version to the Internet; and I am keeping it in the Public Domain. I could have edited it, and written some comments, and placed my copyright notice on the whole thing, thereby inhibiting its free and open dissemination. Instead, I am encouraging all people to copy it freely, reprint it, repost it, discuss it, critique it, and share it with all people everywhere, as Dr. King originally intended forty-three years ago, when he wrote it in jail and freely turned it loose into the world.

NOTICE to anyone who seeks to claim copyright on this Public Domain speech: under the United States Code, 17-506(c), it is a Federal crime to fraudulently claim copyright on material you do not really own. For details, please see my page, False And Fraudulent Claims Of Copyright at . . .

Blessings to you. May God help us all.

     Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director


Sunday, January 18, 2015

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Blessings to you, whomever you may be. May God help us all.

Rev. Bill McGinnis