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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JULY 09: Signage is seen during the World Premiere of Disney's "THE LION KING" at the Dolby Theatre on July 09, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JULY 09: Signage is seen during the World Premiere of Disney's "THE LION KING" at the Dolby Theatre on July 09, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Bay Area school fined for showing “The Lion King”

An elementary school in Berkeley hosted a PTA fundraiser and they played last year’s remake of The Lion King” to keep the kids entertained.

Somehow Disney found out about it, and the company that handles their licensing sent the school a $250 fine for playing the movie without permission.

The DVD was purchased legally at a Best Buy but apparently that doesn’t matter. The school got an email saying that Disney “received an alert” about the “screening,” and,”If a movie is shown for any entertainment reason, even in the classroom, it is required by law that the school obtains a Public Performance license.”

I can tell you I had many teachers in school that never asked for permission. It was usually a spur of the moment decision.

People have reached out to the school to help the PTA with donations.

Now I’m curious, how did Disney find out?

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