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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    FrankB, 18 Jul 2013 @ 10:03pm

    RIAA is GREEDY !!!

    Look, I am all in favor of artists getting paid. But these guys gave their consent for the Original Airing + Reruns. Take it to arbitration.

    They are effectively preventing the release of the TV shows by withholding permission. Look, if some artist doesn't want his rock video airing on MTV, that's one thing. It's HIS song and HIS music. But he already gave consent to partial use (30 - 90 seconds at most) before.

    You want results ? Contact a Republican Congressman/Senator. They aren't beholden to all the liberals in Hollywood and the music industry. They'll threaten the RIAA and they'll work something out. Right now, the RIAA is a legal cartel that is blocking release of other people's materials. Imagine if a cardboard box company said they wouldn't allow their product to be used for milk cartons anymore.

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