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U.S. publisher hits schoolgirl, 10, with £1,300 bill for using Chaplin song in her charity video
By CHRIS BROOKE
Last updated at 5:55 PM on 20th July 2010
It seemed the perfect way for a budding young actress to raise money for a good cause.
Inspired by her grandfather’s love of Charlie Chaplin, ten-year-old Bethany Hare dressed up like the legendary comic to star in her own video tribute.
The heartwarming homemade film, featuring the schoolgirl singing the song ‘Smile’, was posted on the JustGiving website to raise funds for a children’s hospice.
Yet, astonishingly, the short internet video has become the subject of a copyright dispute.
The New York-based publishing company who own the rights to the song – which was originally composed by Chaplin as an instrumental for his 1936 movie Modern Times – insisted Bethany had to remove the harmless clip….Continue Reading