The Wonder Years Unavailable On DVD Due To Music Licensing Rights

from the another-one-bites-the-dust dept

One of the tragedies of ridiculous music licensing practices has been that TV shows that involved great music can no longer be seen -- because when they were first aired, there was no aftermarket, and so no rights were cleared with the music owners. The famous case is the TV show WKRP in Cincinnati, which tried to get around the issue by replacing all the great classic rock in the original, with crappy new music -- really harming the quality of the show. Tom sent in a note pointing out that the classic 80s TV show The Wonder Years is actually facing a similar issue, and because of it, the show is not available on DVD. The show was famous for integrating great music into the overall show -- clearing all that music for a DVD release is apparently too difficult, leading to an overall loss to society and culture.

Filed Under: copyright, music rights, the wonder years, tv shows, wkrp


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    Kyle, 21 Sep 2012 @ 1:57pm

    Re: FYI ABC Doesn't Own Rights to "Wonder Years"

    It's because back when it came out no one had any tv series on vhs, the format was too small. So they only bought the rights to have the music played during the original run of the series and any reruns as it would be cheaper.

    We're talking about a time when no one even thought that it would be a possibility in the future for an entire television series to be purchased and owned for home viewing, so it never crossed their minds;

    But hey, now The Hub is running reruns, and apparently Netflix streaming has the whole series so you can watch it with the click of a button.

    Can't wait to see what the future holds.

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