Disney charges school $250 for screening The Lion King at fundraiser without a license https://t.co/NtxCsfVhO0— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) February 4, 2020
Emerson Elementary School in California held a PTA fundraiser where they screened the 2019 remake of The Lion King. They then received a letter from Disney ordering the school to pay $250 for screening the film without a license (A single-use permit for a school to show a movie costs $250 and an annual license is $536)
Berkeley City Councilmember Lori Droste shared her outrage at the fine
Who wants to hear an unbelievable story about how Disney is essentially fining Berkeley’s Emerson Elementary School PTA $250 while reaping millions of dollars through a corporate loophole that has decimated public schools across California? @Schools1stCA @evolve_ca @berkeleyside— Lori Droste (@loridroste) January 31, 2020
“The event made $800, so if we have to fork over a third of it to Disney, so be it. You know, lesson learned,” said PTA president.
While a license is legally required to show a copyrighted movie in such a way, a studio can choose whether or not to charge for it.
Disney has beat expectations by making $20.86 billion in its first quarter of 2020.
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