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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    nasch, 22 Jan 2009 @ 2:11pm

    Re: Paying someone to advertise their product.

    You can't have it both ways. Either the rights holders can set whatever conditions they want for licensing, or they cannot. You cannot preserve an artist's right to not have his music used by a hate group and at the same time prevent a megacorporation from holding a DVD release hostage because of greed over the licensing cost. I don't know exactly what the solution is, but I would lean towards opening up the content more. People will learn eventually that just because they hear music somewhere doesn't mean it's an endorsement by the musician.

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