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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    Paula Bettencourt, 8 Feb 2009 @ 6:35pm

    the Wonder years television show

    I just want to say that I think it's a rotten shame .
    That this great show is not available on DVD.
    I tried buying a bootleg.
    Which I normally don't do and I got ripped off.
    I guess I got what I deserved!
    Thats the first and last time I'll ever do that again.How can they be so rotten?Maybe after the music rights exspire it will finally be availabe.
    You'd think someone as wealthy as Joe Cocker would try and work a deal fore fans of the show .
    I only bought the botleg because I wanted to be able to see the show again.
    It did'nt do me any good cause none of the disks worked.
    I would'nt advise any one to buy these illegal sets that are available !!

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