Posted January 08 2013 - 06:51 AM
Music rights is a very valid issue and I'm just glad that Warners holds out trying to clear the music at a reasonable price for a DVD release rather than go the Paramount way of hiring a cheap keyboardist and replacing the music like they did on My Three Sons, The Fugitive and Gomer Pyle. Its not just songs its all music that needs to be cleared to avoid possible future lawsuits. Just because you have rights for the music in a movie released on DVD does not mean you automatically have the rights to release it for a TV show that reuses the same music. Think of it like this: You write a song. A studio puts it in a movie and pays you. Later they want to use it in a TV show so they need to pay you again. Now later they want to release the movie on DVD so now they pay you for that so then when they release the TV show on DVD they naturally have to pay you for that. Just basic Music Royalties. So obviously since a TV show can have many songs or different pieces of music on many episodes the price can add up fast and many times too expensive for what the studio thinks they can make on the DVD release so they sometimes have to hold out for a lower price or wait for things to change with an estate or try what Paramount did and replace the music. I continue to buy other shows that are not my top tier but most of my unreleased grail shows now are Warner Shows like their remaining westerns and their detective shows. So the wait continues but they keep releasing a few more each year.
...When you eliminate the impossible whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth