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Submission + - Heartless Company Attacks Little Girl, Hospice (

Moryath writes: In a Mafia-like demonstration of why copyright laws are insane, the unbelievably heartless grinches at New York-based Bourne Music Co decided that a 10-year-old girl's attempt to raise money for a children's hospice by performing an homage to a Charlie Chaplin film needed to be squashed like a bug. While it would have been simple to acknowledge her, they instead demanded payments of $2000 for making the video available for only one year (the video itself had a budget of nothing, since the staff time and equipment usage were donated by Phil Steel and Sound Sense), plus they demanded $250 for every time the girl was caught singing the song in public. Please feel free to tell them how you feel.

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