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Amy Winehouse's Father Turns Away Charity Donations

Domain name for foundation claimed by cyber-squatters

August 22, 2011 5:35 PM ET
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Mitch Winehouse
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Amy Winehouse's father has been forced to turn away donations for his proposed charity organization in his late daughter's name after someone has has claimed the Amy Winehouse Foundation as an Internet domain name. "Instead of concentrating on allocating funding I am having to send cheques back," Mitch Winehouse wrote in a tweet earlier today, adding that he simply does not have a back account set up with that name.

Mitch Winehouse said last week that he was putting the charity on hold until a legal dispute over the name was settled. Winehouse announced his plans for the organization at his daughter's funeral on July 27th. "The plan is to help all children – not just rehabilitation, not just substance abuse," he said. "It's to help all children in need."

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