- Feb 15, 2007
- Nashville, TN
- '95 Geo Metro Hatchback
The thing that I don't understand with the music is...why? Licensing issue's perhaps?
Edit: At which case there is not a damned thing that can be done about it, short of shell out more money.
From my understanding of music law, you're right. This is just an educated guess. The BBC has to ask permission to use the songs they play. They ask permission from PRS (the Performing Righs Society.) The PRS basically ensures bands get royalties when their songs are used. The most likley scenerio is the BBC gets permission to use the songs as long as they are used only on the UK version of Top Gear. If the songs were used in the American version, the BBC would have to approach BMI of ASCAP. With the UKTV versions it's the same thing. They don't have permission to use those songs. It would probably cost more then its worth to BBC America, UKTV to keep those songs so they probably just found cheaper ones to replace them.