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Disney Came After a Local PTA for Letting Kids Watch ‘The Lion King’ at a Fundraiser

People tend to think that because they grew up being in love with Disney that Disney loves them back. You could not be more wrong. Disney fucking hates you. They just loathe you and your existence. If you were dying on the street, Disney would take the money out of your wallet and leave you there to die.

Don’t believe me? Let’s go back 30 years to when Disney demanded that three day care centers remove murals depicting Disney characters from their walls. While Snopes points out that Disney simply couldn’t let them use the characters for “valid business reasons,” they never reconciled this with Hanna-Barbera stepping in and letting the day cares use their characters for free.

Then there was the time they made a family take down their 4-year-old’s headstone because it featured Spider-Man.

Most recently, CNN reports that they charged Emerson Elementary School $250 for letting kids watch The Lion King at a Parent’s Night PTA fundraiser .

Remember movie day in elementary school? Disney wants a piece of that action.

“Any time a movie is shown outside of the home, legal permission is needed to show it, as it is considered a Public Performance,” read the email, which was obtained by CNN.
“Any time movies are shown without the proper license, copyright law is violated and the entity showing the movie can be fined by the studios. 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.”
That’s really something. I suppose Disney is technically correct that they’re entitled to collect money for what’s technically a public performance, but usually suing a school bake sale is a bad idea. The problem is Disney is so big that they absolutely do not care about getting bad press. They’re like the mob or a drug dealer, they know that whatever happens you’re going to turn out to see the new Marvel movie or whatever.
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