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.

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    FrankieB, 12 Mar 2010 @ 12:54pm

    Wonder Years Non-DVD Release

    How much money do the artists WANT ?? This isn't a music video where the music IS the story. These songs were heard for 30 seconds - 1 minute, tops, during a sitcom. You NEVER heard the entire song. Never.

    So....in a 23 minute TV show, you have 4-5 songs being shown for a total of maybe 2-3 minutes. I agree the artists should get something, bit IMO if they already consented to letting the music in the show for original airing + reruns, then they should not be allowed to block distribution of the show on VHS/DVD/Blu-Ray. The FCC does not allow cable companies to withhold programming from satellite TV companies which they own. They have to share access. Why should some embittered or greedy artist block a show's release, when in fact he already gave his consent earlier (question: was there a limit to how many times WONDER YEARS could be shown in repeats before the artists got more $$$ ?).

    Contact your elected officials and tell them that if the artists don't work out a deal, they should be subject to binding arbitration. Otherwise, deny all copyright protection on all their previous recordings. That will get these greedy SOB's off their asses at the RIAA and their clients as well.

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