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Thursday, January 21, 2010

License to LOL

Posted By on 01.21.10 at 02:26 PM

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For musicians, licensing songs to movies and TV is an easy way to make money and gain exposure without doing any real work. For the people making TV shows and movies, acquiring those licenses can be a total pain—especially if the music's owners don't want to cooperate or have valuable property whose worth they're well aware of. Vintage Rolling Stones songs, for instance, are notoriously expensive to license, which is why Stones songs that appear in Wes Anderson movies don't ever show up on the soundtrack albums. Licensing has caused a lot of hassles before, but never to my knowledge has the existence of licensing fees actually made a production funnier. That is, until Conan decided he was going to use his time remaining on The Tonight Show to screw NBC out of as much money as possible.

Video after the jump. The relevant bit starts around 1:45.

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