Thursday, November 25, 2010

Nothing else to say

The IP lawyers have made this ever harder to find, but the Null Space A&E desk worked overtime to find this for you.  If you endure the advertisement you will get to what is still one of the greatest 4 minutes in sitcom history...


Blogger Mike Madison said...

Oh, the humanity!

Nb. WKRP is hard to find because it has been so difficult to clear rights to all of the music used in the show. Don't blame the IP lawyers; "blame" the songwriters, musicians, and record companies who want to get paid for their work.

Thursday, November 25, 2010 7:39:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

Can we blame the IP lawyers for not figuring out how to make a license that would cover retail sales of episodes? The show ran into the 80s and VCRs were expensive but there.

Thursday, November 25, 2010 9:16:00 AM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

"With God as my witness....I thought turkeys could fly"

Happy Thanksgiving all

Thursday, November 25, 2010 9:40:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

One of the perils of having too many attorneys as friends is that it limits your ability to use gratuitous lawyer jokes...

So apologies.

Speaking of local IP and media stuff.. I didn't catch if anyone noticed this:

Can 'Bob' be copyrighted? I know a few folks who will have a problem signing checks if that is the case. How about a Smiley-face Bob?

Thursday, November 25, 2010 10:06:00 AM  
Blogger Mike Madison said...

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Friday, November 26, 2010 9:23:00 AM  
Blogger Mike Madison said...

Lawyers are endlessly inventive when it comes to licenses. Businesspeople are endlessly intractable when it comes to price. Here, the problem is the latter, not the former. Note the sheer number of songs used in the series, the fact that *both* publishers and recording companies would have to be involved with respect to each song, the possibility of a hold-out by any licensor, and the likelihood that every single company would insist on MFN. Add that up; the sum of it all means that the lawyers get a pass here. WKRP ran from 1978 to 1982 -- not only did no one know in 1982 that TV shows could be sold to consumers for real money (remember what a copy of a film cost on VHS in 1982?) but the Supreme Court didn't even confirm that the machines were legal until 1984! It isn't surprising that the original rights clearances didn't involve home distribution.

So I'm happy to hear good lawyer jokes -- I give thanks, even! -- but I like a good music industry joke once in a while, too. ;-)

Friday, November 26, 2010 9:24:00 AM  

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