David Gerstein wrote:I'm going to stop you right there.
You're creating a new urban legend from scratch—by presuming, with no evidence, that Warner's deal with Capitol must have been the same as Hanna-Barbera's deal.
So Hanna-Barbera's deal didn't involve video (or other "new media") rights to the music cues? Maybe Warner's deal did.
Anyway, unless we know for sure, it's playing with fire to claim that Warner doesn't have the rights to do something. Let's not convince them, huh?
Well, Warner did release the Hanna-Barbera DVDs... and besides, they got lucky with the "Huckleberry Hound" and "Yogi Bear" sets. Nickelodeon/Viacom also obviously have/had no trouble with the music rights when it comes to Associated Production Music, as "Spongebob" and "Ren & Stimpy" use stock music library cues for roughly 90% of the background music ("Ren & Stimpy" even used some of the Seely stuff, obviously as a joke to contrast with the images on screen). So maybe things have softened up in recent years.