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I cannot ever stand up and stand against a parent having options, because I benefited from my parents having options. And when people tell me they’re against school choice, whether it’s the Opportunity Scholarship Act or charter schools, I look at them and say: “As soon as you’re telling me you’re willing to send your kid to a failing school in my city [Newark, .], or in Camden or Trenton, then I’ll be with you.” . . I’m going to be out there fighting for my president, but he does not send his kids to Washington, ., public schools. I got a governor in the statehouse, he does not send his kids to Trenton public schools. I could go all the way down to city council people in Newark, that do not send their kids—so what have we created? A system that if you’re connected, elected, have wealth and privilege, you get freedom in this country? And now you want to deny that to my community? No. I am going to fight for the freedom and the liberty and the choice and the options of my people, in the same way you will defend that right for yourself.

Because King's speech was broadcast to a large radio and television audience, there was controversy about its copyright status. If the performance of the speech constituted "general publication", it would have entered the public domain due to King's failure to register the speech with the Register of Copyrights . However, if the performance only constituted "limited publication", King retained common law copyright . This led to a lawsuit, Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr., Inc. v. CBS, Inc. , which established that the King estate does hold copyright over the speech and had standing to sue ; the parties then settled. Unlicensed use of the speech or a part of it can still be lawful in some circumstances, especially in jurisdictions under doctrines such as fair use or fair dealing . Under the applicable copyright laws, the speech will remain under copyright in the United States until 70 years after King's death, therefore until 2038. [59]

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