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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)

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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.

  • 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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