I guess even though my main gripe was originally about WKRP, I can kind of understand why the rights holders would be asking large sums of money for that and shows like Wonder Years or Drew Carey, etc. The music used were of fairly recent vintage and still played frequently on many classic rock stations so there is quite a bit of name recognition with them and rights holders feel like they have a reason to hold distributors hostage till they get what they want.
My issue is more with the music in some of those older, less marketable shows. I mean c'mon, does Connie Stevens singing standards from the 40's and early 50's really merit what seemingly the rights holders are demanding for a show with very limited marketability? Would they rather end up earning nothing from the show than making a fair deal? That's just one example to prove why I'm saying but you get the point.
Frank, yeah, it does and it does stink. I uploaded to YouTube an alternate take of a Hank Williams, Sr. song, a version never released to CD or tape. I had UMG and YouTube both breathing down my back threatening possible legal action and suspension of my account! Okay, how am I costing you money when you refuse to release it? Sure, I understand copyright law and I understand it's their right to ask me to remove it.
I uploaded today a radio show of Hank Williams, again, nothing that's on CD and even to a completist like me, I hadn't heard it myself until last year when a friend gave it to me. Within minutes of uploading it, here's UMG saying they've identified a song of theirs! At least this time they're apparently allowing it to stay. I worded it in the description that I wasn't intending to infringe and hopefully if enough people heard the show, they'd start asking UMG to release it to CD/mp3 download.
I feel the same about music rights on home video. Okay, no one is asking you to do it for free! A fair and honest profit? Sure! That "little less" you take to get it licensed might actually mean MORE people are hearing the song again after its release on a DVD/Blu release. For instance, I listen quite frequently to various channels on Sonic Tap on Directv. Many, many times I've heard some song and went to Amazon to download it or purchase the CD. Why couldn't home video be the same?
I'm worried as to how CBS/Paramount is going to handle later releases of The Beverly Hillbillies. Roy Clark guested on several episodes as did Pat Boone and one of the Petticoat Junction crossovers had Mike Minor singing also and there was also a cast recording of The Wreck of the Old '97. I hope like heck they don't butcher those up!