Can a public speech be copyrighted or otherwise protected with regard to intellectual property ?? (with regard to Melania Trump’s speech before the Republican National Convention)


Any text can be protected by copyright, as long as it has a fixed form. It is not completely obvious whether a fair use defense would succeed: the essentials are spelled out here. The most important consideration is non-commerciality and lack of impact on market and the purpose of the use, so the chances are slim that an infringement accusation would gain legal traction.

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  • So, for example, if I copyrighted the speech before giving it, and had marketed copies of the speech, then the material would be protected ?? – Gary's Student Jul 20 '16 at 15:53
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    @Gary'sStudent: Creative works are copyrighted and protected by copyright when created. – feetwet Jul 20 '16 at 16:31
  • @feetwet ....... thank you ! ............... – Gary's Student Jul 20 '16 at 16:39
  • All you have to do is record it in some form. You don't have to market it. – user6726 Jul 20 '16 at 17:16
  • This is the right argument. Neither Michelle nor Melania stand to "make money" on the speeches. – Libra Jul 20 '16 at 20:55

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