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Schoolgirl, 10, Hit With £1,300 Bill For Using Chaplin Song In Charity Video

21/07/2010 12:34 | Updated 22 May 2015

When 10-year-old Bethany Hare dressed up as the famous comedy star Charlie Chaplin, she had hoped to raise money for a children's hospice.

But, due to copyright issues, she was presented with a bill to pay £1,300 to a New York-based publishing company who own the rights to the Charlie Chaplin song 'Smile'.

The publishers wrote to Bethany and insisted that she remove her video, or pay the company $2,000 (£1,300) for a year's usage, and a further $250 (£165) every time she performs the song in public.

Now the little girl has been forced to remove the sound from the video aims to raise money for charity,

Despite the setback Bethany, who has experience as an extra in Emmerdale and attends stage school, has managed to raise £1,800 so far for Martin House Children's Hospice.

Her parents are surprised at the extent the publishing company will go to, with her mother commenting: 'Copyright permission for this little charity fundraising project never even entered our minds and we are just amazed that such a large company in New York would go to such extremes to dampen the efforts of such a lovely little girl.'

Bethany funded the video herself with savings from when she worked at Emmerdale. Initially, she created the dance and performed it for her grandfather's 71st birthday. As the idea evolved, she even managed to get permission to perform and film the routine in her local museum for the charity.

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