Wednesday, April 25, 2018
TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! INSIDERS FEAR EXORBITANT LICENSING FEES FOR KANSAS CITY TRIBUTE TO MLK!!!
Recent talk of renaming The Paseo Blvd or finding another venue to honor the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. has heretofore ignored the sordid topic of coin. In the latest conversation about an appropriate Kansas City tribute to MLK the question of payment to the lucrative licensing business run by the King family was purposely neglected.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY INSIDERS TELL TKC THAT CITY HALL IS PREPARED TO PAY THE KING FAMILY LICENSING BIZ BIG BUCKS BUT DOESN'T WANT PUBLIC DEBATE REGARDING THE BUDGET!!!
Here's the word . . .
"I think we all know this could be a valuable step forward for Kansas City no matter how we choose to honor Dr. King's legacy. Taxpayers would gladly fund any reasonable cost. But City Hall hopes to present the bill as a lump sum rather than an itemized list that will show a good chunk of taxpayer funding spent on very expensive licensing fees that have proven controversial."
Accordingly, here's are a few highlights of the high price of using MLK's words and images . . . Thankfully, this photo was taken by the Marines and is free from copyright claims:
But I digress . . .
A monument might be too rich for Kansas City . . .
"The builders of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial at the National Mall had to pay $761,160 for the right to use King's words and images, according to financial documents obtained by the Associated Press. The money went to Intellectual Properties Management Inc. — a foundation controlled by King's youngest son, Dexter. Another $71,000 was paid out in a "management fee" to the family estate back in 2003."
A war among the King family has pushed fees higher and raised objections at this year's big game . . .
"Dodge (owned by Chrysler) used a recording of a Martin Luther King Jr. speech in a controversial Super Bowl ad on Sunday. It kicked up quite a lot of controversy -- even though his speeches have been used to sell other things in the past, including both cars and mobile phones."
Any quote from Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" Speech is likely too expensive for KCMO public tribute:
"Critics, including civil rights icon Julian Bond, bristle over the fact that “I Have a Dream” is kept under strict watch in the name of controlling King’s image at the same time it’s licensed by rich companies for use in TV commercials, including a 2010 Mercedes-Benz spot, an Alcatel ad, and a particularly galling 2001 Cingular Wireless campaign that also included quotes from Kermit the Frog and Homer Simpson."
And so . . .
CITY HALL INSIDERS ESTIMATE THAT LICENSING KANSAS CITY TRIBUTE TO MLK COULD COST AROUND $100K TO START ALONG WITH ANNUAL BILLING TO RENEW PERMISSIONS!!!
Thing of it is, the Revs and politicos already know that honoring MLK comes with a hefty price tag but shy away from talking about costs with MSM.
Many proponents of the street naming proposal actually considered copyright and licensing fees and hoped the plain text tribute would circumvent larger payments - That's not that case and other municipalities already have payed the King family big bucks for their own memorials.
Either way, right now the behind the scenes consideration of local MLK tribute hopes to quiet discussion of a City Hall funding mechanism for a proposed name change or any other local, taxpayer funded MLK memorial.
Developing . . .